Monday, April 30, 2018

Wow! The rave reviews say it all! This is the real deal.



Hollow Gods is incredible! A gripping, vivid portrayal of the human spirit. Through beautiful language, the characters stepped off the page; each person's unconscious pain woven in with masterful craftsmanship. Sniechowski's writing is brilliant and engaging, at times poetic and always moving, brightly illustrating the bittersweet reality of life. Stunning every step of the way.  —Kevin Eyres, Northern CA

     In Worship of Hollow Gods, James Sniechowski bears witness to the world of a sensitive, nine-year-old boy, subjected to the underbelly of his Polish Catholic family in working class Detroit. The year is 1950. The family gathers for a Friday night family poker/pinochle party. The outcome reveals a world no one ever talked about then and are forbidden to talk about now---the unspoken, the impermissible, the reality beneath every family's practiced facade---and what lies beneath when the front has been ripped away.

     Sniechowski unsparingly yet compassionately evokes the temptations, trials, and tactics of the family characters while revealing the hollow gods they naively but fatefully worshiped.

     Readers, no matter where in the world, will be prompted if not pushed to confront the hollow gods that reside, like living ghosts, in the unseen of their family's way of life, the invisible that sources and shapes their beliefs and behaviors.

     Worship of Hollow Gods dredges up familial bonds that grip and hold tight, unconsciously dictating our destiny. It is story telling at its finest.

Russell Vann
Author
GhettoBastard1968@gmail.com
PO Box 1223
Conifer Colorado 80433-1223
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Author Teresa Burrell's Schedule





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Hello Everyone, 

Quick note to catch you up on the news. I'll be in northern California this upcoming weekend, April 28 & 29 at the Bay Area Book Festival. I'll be at the Outdoor Book Fair on Allston Way, Booth #142. If you are in the area please stop by, or if you know any mystery readers there, please let them know. 

I apologize for sending this to everyone, but I don't have a breakdown on where my readers are located. I don't ask for much personal information on the signup forms because people (me included) are uncomfortable when they don't know who's getting the information. I DO NOT SHARE YOUR INFORMATION WITH ANYONE. That said, if you don't mind hitting reply to this email and telling me what city and state (and Country if outside the US) you are in, I will start to break my email lists down by area. If you're not comfortable with that, it's all good. 

I'm diligently working on The Advocate's J____ (Title still not determined).

Take care, and I'll let you know when I have more news on the next novel. 

Teresa

Teresaburrell.com

My Schedule

 

April

 

April 28-29,2018

Bay Area Book Festival

Free Outdoor Book Fair

Allston Way

Berkeley, California

Booth #142

 

FESTIVAL HOURS

Saturday--11-6

Sunday--11-6

 

May

 

May 11-13, 2018

South Bay Home & Garden Show

Long Beach Convention Center

300 E. Ocean Blvd.

Long Beach, CA 90802

 

SHOW HOURS

Friday–12-7 

Saturday–10-7 

Sunday–10-5

 


June

 

June 1st, 2nd, & 3rd, 2018

The OC Home & Garden Show

Anaheim Convention Center

800 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA 92803

 

SHOW HOURS

Friday–12-7 

Saturday–10-7 

Sunday–10-5


June 29th, 30th, July 1st, 2018

The Ontario Home & Backyard Show

Ontario Convention Center

2000 E. Convention Ctr. Way, Ontario, CA 91764

 

SHOW HOURS

Friday–12-7 

Saturday–10-7 

Sunday–10-5

 

 

 

Teresa Burrell

5663 Balboa Ave. #401

San Diego, CA 92111

https://teresaburrell.com

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Monday, April 23rd - National Day of Prayer for Children

Montana Child Protection Alliance

One of MCPA's board member's Denise Johnson had this idea and we are trying to get it going all over the U.S.  Please share with everyone you know.  If you are a prayer - please fast and pray for Children on Monday, April 23rd.

Justice was miscarried when Christ took on our sins, was beaten, tortured, slaughtered. The plan was that He gave himself as an offering for sin. He knows first hand what injustice looks like. He took up the cause of all and paid with his life.
What if all in this group and all other groups that are advocating for children set aside a specific day to fast and pray, asking the Lord to intervene on behalf of our children?
April is Child Abuse Awareness month...and our children are being abused by the very system that was supposed to protect them. Let's make Monday, April 23rd our day to fast & pray. Blast it on our pages. Ask everyone in our country to pray for our children. This battle is the Lord's and we desperately need His hand on this! We've already seen amazing things happening for our children in 2018. Family First Prevention Services Act. BackPage FB page shut down. God is on the move.
He still takes on the cause of the downtrodden. He is still alive. Let's collectively come together and lay our hearts and our children at his feet on April 23rd. And while we are praying, let's include prayers for our fellow warriors. Who will join me?
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month



Please join me in the fight to stop child abuse. There are many ways you can show your support. I've listed some below. 

  1. Wear a blue ribbon every day in April and encourage others in your community to do so.
  2. Set a blue pinwheel in plain sight. 
  3. Reach out to a child.
  4. Get your nails or toes nails painted blue, and tell people why when they ask.
  5. Wear something blue. 
  6. Wear an ugly tie. 
  7. Help an overwhelmed parent.
  8. Tie blue ribbons around the trees in front of your house or office. 
  9. Listen to children.
  10. Wear a child-abuse prevention button.
  11. Hand out blue balloons at your work or schools. 
  12. Volunteer with programs that support families.
  13. Learn how to recognize child abuse symptoms.
  14. Solve problems without violence.
  15. Join CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).
  16. Change your photo on Facebook and Twitter to a prevent child abuse symbol. 

If you choose any of these to show your support, please take a photo and post it on my Facebook fan page. 

Teresa
teresa@teresaburrell.com

My Schedule


May

May 11-13, 2018
South Bay Home & Garden Show
Long Beach Convention Center
300 E. Ocean Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90802

SHOW HOURS
Friday–12 pm-7 pm
Saturday–10 am-7 pm
Sunday–10 am-5 pm


June 1st, 2nd, & 3rd, 2018
The OC Home & Garden Show

Anaheim Convention Center
800 W. Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA 92803

SHOW HOURS
Friday--12 Noon-7pm
Saturday--10am-7pm
Sunday--10am-5pm


June 29th, 30th, July 1st, 2018
The Ontario Home & Backyard Show
Ontario Convention Center
2000 E. Convention Ctr. Way, Ontario, CA 91764

SHOW HOURS
Friday--12 Noon-7pm
Saturday--10am-7pm
Sunday--10am-5pm


July

July 7th-9th, 2017
The Ontario Home & Backyard Show
Ontario Convention Center
2000 E. Convention Ctr. Way,
Ontario, CA 91764

SHOW HOURS
Friday–12 pm-7 pm
Saturday–10 am-7 pm
Sunday–10 am-5 pm
 

 

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5663 Balboa Ave. #401

San Diego, CA 92111

https://teresaburrell.com

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

The Review-Getting Nudge By Carolyn Howard-Johnson



Excerpted from the newest book in Carolyn Howard-Johnson's multi award-winning HowToDoItFrugally Series of books for writers,  How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically: The ins and outs of using free reviews to build and sustain a writing career.
You need only a few essentials in your Amazon tool box to build the traffic crucial for your reviews to be seen—and to convince readers to buy your book. , How to Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically: The ins and outs of using free reviews to build and sustain a writing career helps you get the reviews that influence Amazon's sales ranking and this section gives you everything else you need to maximize them.
Amazon sales rankings are dandy little aids for evaluating how your book is selling. Not that you should fixate on that, but having an indicator that your book might need a little sales boost is nice. And—when those ratings are nurtured—they prod Amazon's algorithms to lead people who read books similar to yours to your Amazon buy page.
The problem is that most authors and publishers know little if anything about how those rankings come about. That isn't their fault because I doubt if Jeff Bezos, the brains behind the entire Amazon model, knows exactly what his algorithms measure. If they're anything like the rest of the Amazon site, they change from day to day anyway. You don't need to know the magic behind them; you do need to know what they are and how to prod them a little:
§  Find your sales ranking (or rankings) on your book's buy page under "product details." Often called "metadata," these details are the specifics for your book like ISBN, publisher, number of pages, etc. Scroll down a bit to find this section on your page.
§  If you have a ranking of 24,800, that means that 24,799 books listed in your category are selling better than your book and that up to millions of books in your book's category are selling less well.
§  The lower your sales ranking number for your book the better. Sales rankings for your Kindle (e-book) page will not be the same as the one on your paperback page.
 
Note: When the pages for your paper book and e-book are digitally connected properly, your reviews will be the same on both pages. (There should be a link on each page pointing to the other.)
 
§  If you market and promote, your efforts may lower those rankings (lower is good!). If so, celebrate because this doesn't always happen. Sometimes the marketing you are doing does not improve your rating at all, though it should contribute to your overall branding effort.
§  Don't try to translate a drop in your ratings to the number of books sold. The algorithms are a lot more complicated than that.
§  Sales rankings fluctuate (sometimes wildly) during the day.

Warning: Do not spend a lot of time checking your ratings. They should be used as indicators. They shouldn't become an obsession. It's best not to obsess, but if you can't avoid it, Bookbuzzr.com and others provide services available for pinging ratings to you in your e-mail box.



 
 
Carolyn Howard-Johnson brings her experience as a publicist, journalist, marketer, and retailer to the advice she gives in her HowToDoItFrugally series of books for writers and the many classes she taught for nearly a decade as instructor for UCLA Extension's world-renown Writers' Program. All her books for writers are multi award winners including both the first and second editions of The Frugal Book Promoter and her multi award-winning The Frugal Editor won awards from USA Book News, Readers' Views Literary Award, the marketing award from Next Generation Indie Books and others including the coveted Irwin award.
 
Howard-Johnson is the recipient of the California Legislature's Woman of the Year in Arts and Entertainment Award, and her community's Character and Ethics award for her work promoting tolerance with her writing. She was also named to Pasadena Weekly's list of "Fourteen San Gabriel Valley women who make life happen" and was given her community's Diamond Award for Achievement in the Arts. 
The author loves to travel. She has visited eighty-nine countries and has studied writing at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom; Herzen University in St. Petersburg, Russia; and Charles University, Prague. She admits to carrying a pen and journal wherever she goes. Her Web site is www.howtodoitfrugally.com
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What To Write About?

Writers On The Move

Sometimes it’s a challenge to figure out what to write about. This is often called writer's block.

Even though there are a plethora of subjects that call out to you, what do you actually know about?

I personally think you can write about anything, whether you know the topic or not. Thank goodness for Google...

Click the title above for the rest of the information. 

Thank You, Linda