Romance Collection for Best Of The West

Hello again past, present and future readers,

As I mentioned in my earlier blog, in 2012 I made 21 of my 23 novels previously published through several mainstream publishing houses available on Amazon.com. In late 2012 I began to publish my suspense and young adult fiction as an Indie author. And while my career has taken a turn from romance to suspense and time travel mysteries I have decided to also take the time and effort to answer both an old and new reader request, making the books available as several collections.Earlier today I was pleased to announce that I am taking the 21 novels and grouping them in a collection of books. I believe this is a good solution to reader queries and requests.

The books are being separated into 9 different collections of similar sub-genres and reader interest. Remember these are the original full length unabridged books. All of the collections of either two or three books each, are published direct to the reader at a price that will save them money. It is the start of the summer reading season so enjoy!

This morning it was Men In Uniform and now here is a brief blurb for the second romance collection, Best Of The West.

COLLECTIONS Best Of The West

Many fans have requested that I offer boxed sets of my romance novels, so I have grouped them into categories that share themes.  This one I’ve titled Best of the West because the two novels take place in the modern-day Wild West states of Colorado and Montana.  Goodbye Desperado and Cody’s Last Stand were two of my favorites, partly because they both have lots of horses, but mostly because the two heroes are super-sexy macho studs.  For those of you who love sensual, but emotional love stories, I think you’ll enjoy spending some time with Matt Montana and John Cody. 

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Summer reader? Then start it off right and cheap!

 

Start your summer reading season off with a sale! Mystery series on sale starting TONIGHT.

The CUL8R Time Travel Mystery Series has two books going on sale tonight until the end of May.

Book #1 is OMG [Oh My God]
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Kelly, a teenager from Texas has recently been orphaned and sent to live in Florida with her aunt Jane, a busy lawyer. Right away Kelly meets her tall, nerdy neighbor Scott, and they bond over a shared love of a video games and a mysterious gadget they find in Aunt Jane’s garage.

The gadget turns out to be a lost invention of Thomas Edison’s called the “Telephone to the Dead”. The mystery begins when Scott gets the Spirit Radio to work and a girl named Wendy comes through, pleading for help . . . from beyond the grave. Is Wendy a ghost? And if she didn’t kill herself, who did? Kelly, Scott and his best friend Austin must find a way to go back to 1966 to help her . . . without getting killed.
Well plotted and fast paced. Martha Bryce
The best time-travel novel I’ve read yet, and I hope there’s more to come. A big thumbs up! C
WOW! I’ve been thinking about that book for a week now since I finished reading it. It kept me engrossed with intelligent writing, depth of characters and a fast pace. Overall, a very satisfying novel. Jasmine

Find OMG starting Memorial Day evening on Amazon.

Book #2, BRB [Be Right Back]
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“It’s difficult to investigate a crime that hasn’t happened yet.”

Kelly, Scott, Austin and Zoey have just returned from changing a girl’s life in 1966 and are a little battered and bruised from their adventure. But when a small voice pleads for their help to save her family from a murderer, they know they must respond.
They research the story, but there is very little information to be found. All they know is that it takes place on Crystal Key, a small private island off the Florida Keys. Since it appears to be deserted, they decide to pop in, gather clues, then pop back. It was a good excuse to spend a lazy day on a beautiful beach.
But from the first step, their journey back to 1980 goes horribly wrong. The area is crawling with drug traffickers and tens of thousands of refugees fleeing Cuba. They meet the young girl and her family, but their intervention puts them in the direct path of the killer.
Can they find out who he is in time to save the girl, her family . . . and themselves? Or are they destined to be a madman’s latest victims?

“It’s an exciting mystery with plenty of surprises to keep you guessing.” Danielle Marie

“The “CUL8R” series stands out and shines as something unique that manages to mix fantasy with realistic characters and situations.” Erica Lucas

“I literally could not put this book down.” K. J. Pierce

Find BRB starting Memorial Day evening on Amazon

And before school starts back in the fall or the end of the summer depending on the schedule, latitude and attitude, Book #3, BION [Believe It OR Not] will be released. This is the first time of the characters in the series finds themselvesBION eBook 1 in a serious romance. Here’s the cover.

Ten Years Later John Lennon got it right!

John Lennon had it right!
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Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. Ten years before John Lennon’s death life happened to nine fraternity brothers at Kent State University.

Their lives, and the lives of a million others, were forever changed. They start their senior year at Kent State University year full of hope and promise, busy with their classes, their buddies and their girlfriends. But the Vietnam War and the Federal Government’s new draft lottery to back-fill the lost men and women in the most unpopular war in U.S. history is passed on Thanksgiving eve when no one is watching. For millions, Vietnam took away their options and forced them to change their plans. Instead of choosing a career, they are faced with the choice between life and death.

LIFE’S WHAT HAPPENS is their story, as each is faced with questions much more complicated than any generation past. It is about the year they turned from boys to men, and where their choices took them.

Price reduced to $0.99 through May 31st!
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“From characters that still your heart to writing styles that will captivate you, this is one awesome read.”

“This story was engaging and extremely moving, at turns both humorous and thought provoking.”

Life’s What Happens is a gripping read, with its educational, historical, imaginative and very human ingredients. Brilliant writing.”

“Life’s What Happens is a book that everyone will want to read, especially those who remember the tumultuous times of the late 1960’s.”

“Baby boomers and those interested in history will want to soak up the knowledge found within these pages. This is a tale you will not want to miss.”

“I too have graduated from Kent State. We need more books that look into the lives of the students that were just trying to get an education when others force their life into the spotlight.”

Check out the book’s trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDTibRqRL4o

Then take advantage of the special price of 99 Cents U.S. on Amazon through May 31st at
http://www.amazon.com/LIFES-WHAT-HAPPENS-ebook/dp/B00A14STPS/

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Is that a young adult, adult, new adult or just a coming and going adult?

When author Kathy Clark decided to write a Young Adult Series and she teamed up with her husband Bob Wernly, the determination of their pseudonym of Bob Kat was the last easy decision they had. Teen books. Young adult books. Mid-grade books. Mature young adult books. New young adult books. The options seem to increase every time a new best seller came along. Like the book or don’t like the book, the entire 50 Shades of Grey collection was poorly written about a topic few in the general population had personal knowledge of but none the less sold well.

Bob’s first question, stemming from his background as an engineer and Fortune 500 Executive background, was what’s the difference between a young adult book from a mid-grade book, teen book, children’s book and the emerging category of the new or mature adult book?

But first. Why is it important to have clear definitions?
Two reasons primarily.
• Child protection
• Customer expectation

The child protection is pretty straightforward. Parents have an obligation to set their children off in the right direction in life. So just as there are film ratings and restrictions on what age kid and go in to what movie, a similar, less orchestrated or at least more self-managed system needs to be maintained. The customer satisfaction is simply finding a way to make clear to a potential buyer of a book what the nature of the book is about. It’s clear what’s inside an erotica book or a mystery or police procedural. But the shifting sands in the twelve to twenty one ager group makes it more urgent that the authors and readers and parents land on a common understanding.

So some research has uncovered a number of characteristics and facets to the question. These attributes are to be considered when determining the target market of audience by an author:

• Age [The most singularly objective measurement in the entire discussion. Young adult by some conservative religious organization means 18 to 35 years old]
• Subject matter of the book, series and plot points within the story
• Writing and vocabulary style [Complexity, sentence structure and definitions]
• Type of conflict of the protagonist [Is it something much older than the reader or something that is just a memory of when they were young]
• Moral values and behaviors [Within the family and with their friends day to day. Do the “kids” in the story act older or younger than they think they do]

Age and subject matter are not consistent measures as they vary greatly between people depending on another set of factors such as:
• Morals [Theirs, friends, parents and assumed in society as seen on TV, films, books, magazines and even video games]
• Experiences in their life thus far either personally or through friends

Writing and vocabulary style often times gets into some pretty easy to answer questions that many “Young Adult Blog Sites” use such as:
• Level of violence
• Profanity
• Sexual activity or descriptions [Including exclusions of specific words and phrases by a publisher for example. The details or graphic nature is also a consideration here.]

But another level of this is the softer side of a story. Middle grade novels are characterized by the type of conflict encountered by the main character. The children in the primary grades are still focused inward, and the conflicts in their books reflect that. Young adults are different not unlike the complexity of child’s life as they grow older. Young adult novels often have more complicated plots than those for middle grade and the protagonists not only experience an internal change, but this change is set off by external events and the event fits into a bigger picture because it is confusing. Know your target reader and your story and stay inside these broad variable guidelines.

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Bill Cosby; From funny guy to just being honest

I was sent Bill Cosby’s tirade titled I’m 83 and Tired. My friends and I used to listen to Bill for humor in high school. He was my generation’s comedian. This list makes him my generation’s voice.

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Bill Cosby “I’m 83 and Tired”

I’ve worked hard since I was 17. Except for when I was doing my National Service, I put in 50-hour weeks, and didn’t call in sick in nearly 40 years. I made a reasonable salary, but I didn’t inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, it looks as though retirement was a bad idea, and I’m tired. Very tired.

I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth” to people who don’t have my work ethic. I’m tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it.

I’m tired of being told that Islam is a “Religion of Peace,” when every day I can read dozens of stories of Muslim men killing their sisters, wives and daughters for their family “honor”; of Muslims rioting over some slight offense; Muslims murdering Christian and Jews because they aren’t “believers”; Muslims burning schools for girls; Muslims stoning teenage rape victims to death for “adultery”; Muslims mutilating the genitals of little girls; all in the name of Allah, because the Qur’an and Shari’a law tells them to.

I’m tired of being told that out of “tolerance for other cultures” we must let Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries use our oil money to fund mosques and Madrasa Islamic schools to preach hate in Australia , New Zealand , UK, America and Canada , while no one from these countries are allowed to fund a church, synagogue or religious school in Saudi Arabia or any other Arab country to teach love and tolerance..
I’m tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which no one is allowed to debate.

I’m tired of being told that drug addicts have a disease, and I must help support and treat them, and pay for the damage they do. Did a giant germ rush out of a dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up their noses or stick a needle in their arm while they tried to fight it off?

I’m tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of all parties talking about innocent mistakes, stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we all know they think their only mistake was getting caught. I’m tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor.

I’m really tired of people who don’t take responsibility for their lives and actions. I’m tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination or big-whatever for their problems.

I’m also tired and fed up with seeing young men and women in their teens and early 20’s be-deck themselves in tattoos and face studs, thereby making themselves unemployable and claiming money from the Government.

Yes, I’m damn tired. But I’m also glad to be 83.. Because, mostly, I’m not going to have to see the world these people are making. I’m just sorry for my granddaughter and their children. Thank God I’m on the way out and not on the way in. There is no way this will be widely publicized, unless each of us sends it on! This is your chance to make a difference.

“I’m 83 and I’m tired. If you don’t agree you are part of the problem!

Wish I would have considered adding Bill to our flashback fiction to 1969 – 1970 award winning book, Life’s What Happens. http://www.amazon.com/LIFES-WHAT-HAPPENS-ebook/dp/B00A14STPS/ Finalist in the Best Indie Book Fiction in 2013.
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Bill, I’ve done my part Hey, Hey Hey!

Recent Awards

It doesn’t happen every day so a minute of self recognition on recent awards.

First, The Denver AFter Dark SUspense Series won The Best Indie Book for 2013 award for book #1, After Midnight.
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Also from The Best Indie Book Awards for 2013, first place in the Young Adult went to the CUL8R Time Travel mystery Series.
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OMG also recieved a finalist award from the Beverly Hills Book Awards for 2013:
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And finally, the General Fiction story Life’s What Happens, the story of college students in 1969 and how their lives were impacted by the Vietnam military and student unrest at Kent State, was a finalist in that category at The Best Indie Book Awards for 2013.
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Writing can be a solitary life so receiving an award when thousands of entries were submitted is just awesome. We took some writing breaks over the past six weeks and constructed for lack of a better term Author’s Pond. So creativity, plotting, character development and scene setting al happens in a great environment with a great co-writer, Kathy, and a fine glass of wine. By the way, wine fineness is a direct function of book sales which is correlated with book quality which is…never mind. Think this is a tax deduction? Likely not.
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Come on down!

Paper to Pixels #2.0 – One More Thing Before…

I know, Paper to Pixels is supposed to be blog about my personal journey from writing books with hammer and chisel to a arc from paper to eBooks. But you have to understand that the only journey that goes in a straight line is one that involves jumping off something really high up and without a parachute. I’m not going to do that. So before I get back into the story of how I have moved from paper to eBooks and go through how to get 11,600 free book giveaways over a weekend for Starting Over and that kind o thing, i have to address the burning question, WHAT’S YOUR RIGHT TIME TO WRITE?. Starting Over is at http://www.nightwriter93.com/Women_s_Fiction.html or can be ordered on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/STARTING-OVER-ebook/dp/B007EHUHSC/ .

This is important! At least to me and is likely to you as well. Read on and see for yourself. All the books on my website, http://www.nightwriter93.com were written at night…hence nightwriter93. Maybe the 93 will be talked about later.

When are you most creative? Morning? Afternoon? Middle of the night? Speaking for myself, it’s absolutely night time. (You probably could have guessed that from my website http://www.NightWriter93.com.) I think I’m in the minority, because most people prefer mornings. But I wonder how many people actually know when their right time is to write.

Early in my career, I was lucky enough to spend an afternoon with Janet Dailey. I loved her books, respected her business decisions and envied her career. She was one of the first Harlequin authors to set her novels in America (one in each state), create strong, age-appropriate female characters and to write under her own name instead of a pen name (which Harlequin adamantly opposed because she eventually went on to write for other publishers and carry her fans with her). But what I found interesting was that she told me she always got up early (five or six a.m.) and locked herself in her office until she had written a specific number of pages. Her husband would bring her coffee and food, but she stuck to it until she had reached her goal. Then she walked out of her office and spent the rest of her day with her horses. That sounded ideal to me since I needed the discipline and I love horses.
Except when I tried to write in the morning, I found myself staring out the window, dusting the furniture, re-alphabetizing the books on the shelves, playing on-line video games, etc. Not a creative thought entered my mind or made it to the page.

When my kids were young, I tried writing during the day while they were at school, but the phone would ring, groceries had to be bought and there were a million things to distract me. I would read through what I had written and realize it was crap. Pages of disjointed, clichéd crap, totally lacking in a heartbeat.

I’m not sure how it happened, but I tried writing at night, not sitting down to my computer until the kids were all in bed. The fingers flew, the words filled the pages, the characters blossomed and took over the story, just as they should. It was almost an out-of-body experience. The next day I would read what I had been written and be amazed. Things happened and characters had conversations that I honestly didn’t remember writing. I had clearly found my right time to write.

Since then, I don’t even try to write while the sun is up. Maybe I’m a new breed of vampire, but without the superhuman strength and thirst for blood. I’m lucky because I’m at a point in my career where I have the freedom to arrange my schedule according to my deadlines. However, I do all my editing during the day when my creative brain is asleep and my logical, analytical brain is wide awake.

I’ve talked to some of my friends about this discovery and realized that while they weren’t fellow night writers, they had found their own sweet spot during the day when their creative juices flowed best. Others continued to write to a schedule, and to be perfectly honest, when I read their books I can see the structure and the discipline rather than lose myself in the story. I don’t think they’ve found their creative time.

Of course, there are those who don’t have a choice and believe it’s better to write something at an off time than to right nothing at a right time. Those of you who are forced to work your writing in around a job or family responsibilities, you have to do what you have to do. But listen to your creative soul and find your right time. It’s better to write two pages that flow from your guts than twenty pages that are mechanical and dull. If possible, re-arrange your schedule to allow for a writing window or save yourself for your days (or nights) off to make the magic happen.

Experiment and see what works for you. Everyone’s brains cycle in patterns, so first you have to find your time. Then get to work.

One more thing…the CUL8R Teen Time Travel Mystery Series will be having a second book added to book #1, OMG, in April. Look for BRB in all the usual places….

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C’ya next time…