Free Kindle Book Mania!

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In celebrating WrestleMania XXX, all four books in The Cruiserweight Series and my latest bestselling release, Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star will be available as free downloads on WrestleMania weekend, April 5-6, 2014.

If you missed the previous free promotions or haven’t had the opportunity to grab your copies of these books yet, there is no better time than to catch up, especially if you can’t make Mania in person or for some reason aren’t ordering the pay-per-view. Even if you plan to watch Mania, how about some pre-show reading in the interim? Whatever your plans, everyone agrees the world’s best price is FREE!

I enjoy hearing from my readers, so your reviews and feedback are always welcome.

Have a great Mania weekend!

Marie Lavender’s Writing in the Modern Age’s First Anniversary Book Giveaway

The Marie Lavender’s Writing in the Modern Age blog is celebrating its first anniversary by sponsoring a multi-author book giveaway.

54 books by 38 participating authors are up for grabs; site visitors may enter by simply leaving a comment at the bottom of the giveaway post. Make sure to specify what genre(s) draws your strongest interest and those you don’t wish to read (e.g. you enjoy romance but don’t care much for nonfiction).

In addition to my two non-fiction releases, Life Subject To Change and Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star,  other authors participating in this huge event include Stefan VucakD.J. SwykertSarah BaethgeRebecca L. FrenclKathryn Elizabeth JonesJessica TorneseRobert FanshawPaula HrbacekSusan Mac NicolElaine C. PereiraLois W. Stern,Linda Lee WilliamsRita PlushShannon MacLeodRenee NovelleMaxine FlamMark ConteCaryl McAdooMargo Bond CollinsS.C. RhyneJean ErhardtBelinda Y. HughesLiza O’ConnorL E BarrettKC SprayberryNancy WoodKristal McKerringtonAnn MorrisAnnie EdmondsKateMarie CollinsDoug BoltonLaura Graham,Nina SodenPenny EstelleT.J. Banks, Adra Young and LaRae Parry.

There’s something for everyone,from science fiction, mysteries, thrillers to paranormal/urban fantasy, romance, nonfiction, women’s fiction, fantasy, new adult, erotica, literary fiction, drama, and young adult or children’s books. Look over the list of books featured in the giveaway; perhaps there’s something you may like – or even see a few familiar authors – and good luck in the drawing!

Authors on Show Main Site Returning!

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In 2010, indie author Lorraine Holloway-White developed an innovative idea to showcase new authors by creating web site Authors On Show “for quality not quantity.” AOS’s official site disappeared for a while due to unforeseen circumstances, but the blog and Facebook page remained online.

An announcement was made this past week that Authors On Show’s main site is in the process of returning. It’s currently in development, but some pages are completed. In addition to a new logo (as seen above), the new AOS, a different author – along with their books – will be featured on a weekly basis in Fiction, Nonfiction, Adult, Spiritual, True Life and Children’s genres. Lorraine and I will also have our own pages and my SEEN This Week column also appears on the new site.

The original Authors On Show was nominated and voted as one the top ten best writing sites in the world for showcasing authors after being online only seven months. Top publishing houses and agents visited the main site on a regular basis to search new talent, goals AOS plans to focus on with the new site while promoting new writers.

You can visit the updated and revived site at authorsonshow.com, and all comments are welcome.

It’s a Winter Storm Special!

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You have to love the people at Palm Tree Books. They’re always considering creative ways to get new books out there.

If you live in the Northeast, it’s likely a winter storm hit your area and you’re relegated indoors as I am. My publisher came up with an idea to coincide with the foul weather by offering  Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star’s Kindle edition today and tomorrow (March 2-3) for FREE. No better time to take advantage of some new reading to counteract your cabin fever!

The book’s 99 Cent Introductory Price Week will resume Tuesday, March 4 and run through Saturday, March 8. Palm Tree Books will announce another free promotion within the next several weeks.

Stay safe and warm, everyone. Happy reading!

New Book Now on Sale and a Giveaway!

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In the wake of winter storms expected to hit the Northeast this weekend, there is no better time for me to deliver some good news to my readers.

Let me begin by sharing excitement over the release of my latest book, Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star for Kindle at a special cost of 99 cents. on Amazon. The sale is effective today through March 8 before it lists at the full price of $2.99.

If you’re the type of reader who prefers holding a physical book in their hands, don’t fret; paperback version for Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star will be released within the next week for the publisher’s cost of $6.99 (though Amazon has offered deals on paperbacks, so be sure to look for a markdown as well).

Read the book launch’s official press release at this link.

I am also offering free promotional ebook copies  to potential reviewers. If you are interested in reviewing Billy Kidman: The Shooting Star, email writingmerchant@gmail.com with “Review Request” in the subject line.

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While I’m passing along some good news, you can enter for a chance to win a free ebook copy of my first nonfiction book Life Subject To Change today through March 31. Entries are free; go here for details how you can get in on the fun. Winner will be announced April 1.

Happy reading, and stay safe this weekend.

Call for Submissions: Spring issue of The Writers’ Avenue

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Submissions should be under the theme, YOLO (You Only Live Once), but any form of writing will still be accepted, and everyone is entitled two submissions per category.

  • Creative Writing (500 words or more. Essay, Poetry, Prose, Short Story, Nonfiction)
  • Reviews/Columns (500 words or more, can be about books, films, or anything worth sharing)
  • Illustrations/Photographs (should fit an 8.5×11 page in 300 DPI)

Submission period ends on February 27, 11:59 pm (US/Eastern time) and submissions are sent to the Facebook page.

THE WRITERS’ AVENUE is a Philippine based seasonal digital/print magazine featuring literary works of various genres, providing an avenue for writers to be heard. Here are the issuu and magcloud accounts.

Inside Amtrak’s (Absolutely Awesome) Plan to Give Free Rides to Writers

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The Wire featured a story on their site today on Amtrak offering writers long round trip rides on their trains solely for the purpose of writing. Just think; seeing different parts of the country while producing your next great novel by riding the rails.

I always loved riding Amtrak; one of my first trips to Florida was in 1994. I took a round trip from Pittsburgh to Miami, complete with sleeper car accommodations. The trip was 26 hours each way but worth every moment, particularly if you’re squeamish about flying as I am (I don’t fly unless absolutely necessary). But I digress.

As for the Amtrak writer’s residency program, here is what constitutes a writer in accordance to The Wire article:

How will Amtrak decide who to send on its residencies? In the short term, as the program gets off the ground, candidates will be selected on a case-by-case basis. Quinn said that residents won’t “necessarily just [be] published authors, or people with multiple books under their belt, or [people that had] a publication tap them.” Amtrak, Quinn said, is open to people with a variety of writing backgrounds, because “the differences between a journalist, a published author, a blogger – those lines are continually blurred by the internet.”

Sounds fair enough.

Anyone willing to give it a try once Amtrak gets this incredible idea off the ground?

Meanwhile, you may read The Wire’s feature on the new concept at this link.