Thursday, December 8, 2016

THE UNIVERSE BY Michael Tut


Patricia... it's Thursday(!!), and Thursdays are ALWAYS awesome! Great things happen on Thursdays in the physical, and magical things happen in spirit too. Players, circumstances, and facts are all being aligned to brighten and lighten THE REST OF YOUR LIFE.

Hmmm... wonder what goodies are in store for you today... what surprises... what coincidences and accidents? Something to think about.

Tallyho,
    The Universe  www.tut.com (Michael Tut)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

REMEMBERING PEARL HARBOR-WHY DID IT HAPPEN?

Notes from my head:  December 7, 1941. I'm not an expert

I'd just beenborn two years and a few months before Pearl Harbor. No, I don't remember all the broadcasts, the sadness and anger that day brought on the heads of all Americans. I do remember--maybe from historical broadcasts, the havoc it brought down on all the placid and innocent Japanese Americans forced into internment camps. I do remember many conspiracy theories that Roosevelt knew about this attack before it occurred. Reason? Because he felt if he let it happen, America would have to get into the war and thereby end it.  Where did I got this info? No idea. one of many places, I imagine.

Well, we did get into the war in the Pacific and in Europe. We did win. Evil was all around us. Some of the most dastardly deeds ever forced up a human population occurred during that time.

Take care,my good friends, never let it happen again. Yes, you can bring about change and prevent wars, even though we don't think we can.

Enough writing about something that's come from my head and not any research. Enough of politics and historical mayhem.

Going to go through my first draft of new RS novel.

Cheers

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

AUTHOR PLATFORM



News from RRBC convention: I learned a lot during our RRBC convention. Most important, somethings I should have known about--maybe I did--oh well. MY AUTHOR'S PLATFORM. We all have platforms. For authors, their platform is mainly genre. My platform would be mainly sub-genre ROMANTIC SUSPENSE, with the main genre, mystery/thriller/suspense as my main genre. But, romantic suspense runs through all: Waterlilies Over My Grave, which is a psychological thriller, Legacy of Danger, which is a paranormal, and In the Arms of the Enemy, which is a category type romantic suspense. what they all have in common? Romantic suspense. What is it? A man and a woman who enter into a romance while they are solving or involved in a crime. What happens in the crime sets off romantic situations, and what happens in their romance sets of the crime plot.
My favorite romantic suspense writers: Joanna Wayne, Lisa Jackson, Sandra Brown, Daphne Du Maurier (yes, I she wrote romantic suspense) Linda Howard, Linda Castillo, Tami Hoag, and many others I can't think of at the moment. (mine?)
I'm gathering information from other RS authors and a few blogs to post on my own blog (with your credits--hint hint) If you have info. blogs or posts regarding RS, please let me know. I'm going to use RS, mystery, suspense with a dash of paranormal, and lots of psychological mixed in. So far, my novels have been pretty dark, but I make sure I interject humor into them--
Have a good day.
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Monday, December 5, 2016

POST CONVENTION FEED BACK.

RRBC's workshop was a blast. Great interaction with some marvelous writers and fun along the way. The workshops were presented well and ranged from blogs, You Tube presentations and chats. Beem Weeks and I gave one on "How to Write the (Almost) Perfect Book Review."  Beem did a You Tube video and both of us blogged the topic--I put the two together and I think it came out well. Our chat was fine. Everyone had watched and read the blog and You Tube Vidoe, so there was lots of stuff to talk about.

These were the sessions I attended:

FORMATTING MADE EASY
BUILDING YOUR AUTHOR PLATFORM
INDID VS TRADITIONAL
MARKETING 101
WRITING IN THE SENIOR SEASON
COVER DESIGN

The convention is still going on for a few more days.

I learned what a brand is. You'd think I'd know, wouldn't you? It's my NAME. Use it wisely, because that's what people will remember about you. (also your platform)  My brand name is Patricia A. Guthrie just like the sneaker is Nike.

Author platform? What do I write about? The subject I (you) focus on the most. I have to say it would be mysteries/ thriller/suspense  and my sub topics vary. Legacy of Danger is a paranormal romantic suspense whereas Waterliles Over My Grave is a psychological romantic suspense. In the Arms of the Enemy is romantic suspense. They all have mysteries, all are suspenseful all have romance.

Indie vs Traditions was a great presentation. It focused on the history of great Indie authors. Starting way back moving up to today's greats. There weren't any I hadn't heard about and wasn't surprised to learn they were "Indies."

Cover Design and Formatting will come in handy. I've tried my hand at self-publishing (Willed Accidents Happen) It came out pretty well until I had to transfer it to Kindle. A fellow author pulled me through.

I need to go through these sessions again. I'll share the author names with you. You might want to read their books. You can also go the www.ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com.  Whether a reader or writer, you'll get a lot out of RRBC (#RRBC)

Have a good one.

Cheers
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

TOMORROW'S THE DAY! RAVE REVIEW BOOK CLUBS WRITERS' CONVENTION AND BOOK EXPO

Hi everyone,

Excitement fills the air!  Tomorrow is RRBC's First Annual Writer's Convention and Book Expo.

Join in and explore the talented RRBC author's books (mine will be there) vendor's booth with various services and goodies, and the workshops!

My workshop will be "How to Write the Perfect Book Review."  Not sure exactly what time we will be on. As this is a virtual conference, it might be put up, then left there so you can go there at will. Yes, you do have to register.

My books include my three published novels:
In the Arms of the Enemy (genre: mystery, thriller, suspense)
Waterlilies Over my Grave a psychological (mystery, thriller, suspense)
Legacy of Danger a paranormal (mystery thriller suspense)

Hope you come and buy lots of books, mine and the books of some VERY TALENTED AUTHORS OF RRBC.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

ONLY TWO DAYS LEFT UNTIL RRBC FIRST ANNUAL WRITERS' CONFERENCE AND BOOK EXPO

REMINDER: ONLY TWO MORE DAYS BEFORE RAVE REVIEWS WRITERS' CONFERENCE AND BOOK EXPO. I'M GETTING EXCITED. HOPE YOU ALL ARE COMING. I INTEND TO STAY NEAR MY DESK, ATTEND ALL THE WORKSHOPS I'VE SIGNED UP FOR, PRESENT THE WORKSHOP I'M GIVING (HOW TO WRITE THE PERFECT BOOK REVIEW) THAT WOULD BE WITH FELLOW AUTHOR BEEM WEEKS, AND PERUSE ALL THE VENDOR AND AUTHOR BOOTHS. HOPE TO MEET UP WITH YOU.

VIRTUALLY SPEAKING:  PATRICIA A GUTHRIE (PAT OR ANNIE COLLIE OR WHATEVER)




Monday, November 28, 2016

LEGACY OF DANGER, RAVE REVIEW BOOK CLUBS WRITERS' CONFERENCE AND BOOK EXPO



I can't believe the time went by so fast since Thursday. Been working hard on a blog about "How to Write the Perfect Review" with fellow author Beem Weeks. Can't wait until we get this together and take our show on the road. On the Writers' Conference & Book Expo road that is. I hope all of you who may be reading this will attend the conference and discover the Author and Vendor Booths (I'll have my three books for sale) and the many workshops to choose from.

Working on new and (hopefully) creative ways to get my new release LEGACY OF DANGER across to the public, so it will entice folks to purchase, read and review the book on Amazon.I hope it leaves you on the edge of your seat. 

I'm finding features in the book I want to share on Twitter, Facebook and Linked In. The story of the ruby, the silver cross, the international Assassin Hadeon Petrov, I'll discuss Romania, Schipohl Airport, the artwork on the Romanian Monasteries, the castle, historical background and the story behind the saddle that Bear wears to carry Alex to the castle. (No, this is not a historical piece--definitely up-to-date.) Vampires? I could cover vampires too, but the only vampires in this story are the blood succors that drain blood and money from an unwary and vulnerable public. And, I'll discuss Archangel Michael who you'll meet in the next to last chapter. (well, maybe only the painting on the chapel ceiling. So if that wets your appetite, GOOD!  See you at the conference.






Monday, November 21, 2016

A Ghostly and Murderous Cruise and a Delicious Who Dun It.

Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A paranormal mysteries series! Good going.Lana Malloy is a psychic and sensitive mystery solver who tries to help all the ghosts she encounters, and there's plenty. Hoping this time will be different, she endeavors on a honeymoon cruise holiday with her husband Tony Calabria. Newly married and in love, Tony is worried for her safety, for when they met--murder hit them dead on.

They have been on ship for no longer than a few minutes, than Lana detects something strange. Then, Lucky her ghost aunt comes calling--apparently wanting to take a cruise, also (and help a frew friends) Lane discovers this cruise has had it's share of murders and ghosts haunt the ship, hoping someone will catch the culprit, who appears to be on each trip. One murder per year for the past ten years. Will Lana catch the bad guys, before the bad guys get her?

Kim Cox has a fluent way of writing. I'd have like to see a bit more descriptiion, where I could have smelled, felt and tasted the waves. Nothing is as luxurious as a cruise, especially the food. Would loved to have tasted some of that, also. I did get a good essence of the characters and I needed that.
Can't wait for the next one in the series. Goood work Kim.

GO READ A BOOK AND POST A REVIEW ON AMAZON. SUPPORT A WRITER TODAY!

Cheers
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Friday, November 18, 2016

RAVE REVIEWS WRITER'S CONFERENCE & BOOK EXPO DEC 1-3

The two banners represent the amount of weeks before Rave Reviews Book Club  Writer's Conference & Book Expo (Dec 1-3)   Registration is due up until Nov 23rd, so make sure you register. You will be invited to check out (or sign up for, if you're a member of RRBC ) an author's booth and a vendor's booth which does not require a membership. Also available are multiple workshops including: How to write a perfect book review, marketing 101, Great blogging, Formatting and more. So if you're a reader a writer or just interested, come join us.

www.ravereviewsbynonniejules.wordpress.com



Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Review of Circus Tarot by Charles W. Jones

Customer Review

4.0 out of 5 stars each card has a good purpose, but when "flipped" their purpose becomes bizarreNovember 15, 2016
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This review is from: Circus Tarot (Kindle Edition)
Yes, this is a book for horror/fantasy fans. Also, as the description labels, one can see the influences of Alice in Wonderland, but also of Stephen King's "It," and Ray Bradbury's "Something Wicked This Way Comes." Someone else suggested, don't read it before bed. All of the above.

Darrin and Mary inherit a pack of tarot cards from an old women in the shop where Mary works. They play around with it and find themselves in an alternate world, an alternate reality. They have to figure out not only how to get home, but how to survive the many characters that inhabit the tarot cards. They find that in normal circumstances, each card has a good purpose, but when "flipped" their purpose becomes bizarre, dangerous and what's worse, they never see it coming.

This would be a great YA novel, if it weren't for some graphic sex and violence scenes. Exciting as the story is, I've found many grammatical errors and editing problems, and many instances of characters floating into scenes where they do not belong. However that may be, it's still a scary read and well-worth the time.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

POST ELECTION--NO MORE TIME TO GROUSE

Hey people!

So much anger. So much sadness. Me included. Yes, I'm very unhappy about the outcome of the election--however...   In my opinion, now is the time to give this guy a chance. I'm hoping the weight of the presidency will shock him into presidential behavior, teach him to listen to people who have more experience without getting his ego in the way and allow him to learn his job. We all have to learn new jobs.

We did (not me) vote for him. Maybe not a mandate, but through the electoral college. If we no longer want to EC or think we don't need it, then we need to raise our VERY LOUD voices (which we have)

The amounts of protest show us, a little too late, the amount of anger that he got elected. Well folks, where were you after the primaries, huh? Why not protest then, when it wasn't too late. We've been sitting back grousing, stirring up bad relationships with friends, family and colleagues. Never helpful.

Now what we CAN do, is make things better in our own environment and try to raise our voices when we see laws that we think wrong, are being enacted. We can do something.

We also should read our constitution so we know what the government is doing is wrong--or right.
Trump should read his, too.

Yes, I'm sad. I happen to think Hillary has been mistreated from the get-go. What the FBI did was unconscionable. I hope she finds another niche to champion. i'm sure she and Bill will. They always come up more-or-less unscathed. I hope Trump comes through his presidency unscathed too. (the stick foot in mouth syndrome) I pray for our country and everybody who will try to lead her in the right path.

God bless.


It's always better to give too much, pay too much, and love too much, than not enough.

But then, Patricia, since everything comes back to you anyway, can there ever be too much?

I love you too much anyway,
    The Universe Mike Tooley
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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

PRESENTING YOUR LITERARY BABY TO THE WORLD

Morning: 

Life is dedicated to presenting Legacy of Danger to the world.

It's not easy getting to a KNOWN author vs an UNKNOWN author. When I ask friends, relatives strangers what they're reading I get the big names. "Did you read Patterson's latest?"  "I'm reading ...." (fill in the blanks. When you're unknown, how can you make anyone understand that your story might--just might--be a hell of a good read. They may fall in love with you (as an author) love your style and stories and be missing a whole new world of literature. So there! I've said it. I gave up once on writing, but then, there's something in my nature that tells me to "write the next one." So, with feet digging into the ground, getting pulled by my temperament, I forge ahead. Just as I've finished Legacy of Danger, I'm onto the next one, Matt's Murder, a mystery. Gotten the first draft done. 

I need to find other reader outlets though. Any ideas? Anyone? 

Have a good one. 

IF YOU HAVEN'T GO VOTE. 

Cheers

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Monday, November 7, 2016

VOTE plus a big THANK YOU to RRBC

Morning. 
I'm not a political person, so all I'm going to say is, if you love this country (which I know you do) please go VOTE. That would be tomorrow, unless you've voted already, in which case, forget this message. GRIN. 

Thank you to Rave Review Book Club for making WATERLILIES OVER MY GRAVE the Book of the Month for October, and the members who supported and gave me reviews. You were and are great. 

Working on a book review presentation with RRBC member Beem Weeks for RRBC's Writer's Convention and Book Expo.  Besides being a presenter, I will also have my books (IN THE ARMS OF THE ENEMY, WATERLILIES OVER MY GRAVE and LEGACY OF DANGER) for sale at my author's booth. Also, my short story WILLED ACCIDENTS HAPPEN. Since working with Beem I'm getting excited for this first virtual book fair/expo/workshop etc. It should be fun, so I suggest that you sign up to come and meet RRBC's authors and other vendors. 

Been working on: deciding whether I want to start my mystery series or MATT'S MURDER a book that has been in the depths of my computer for 20 years or so. (like Legacy) Also, working at making Legacy known to the world. Not an easy feat. If anyone has any marketing ideas please let me know. 

Trailers--what is the protocol for music highlighting book trailers? I'm sure there's something--getting permission, royalties something. I have to investigate. Maybe not today. Today I'm going to be horsing around. 

Cheers. 

Pat  

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

WATERLILIES OVER MY GRAVE, OCTOBER'S BOOK OF THE MONTH ON RAVE REVIEW BOOK CLUB

Yesterday was my birthday (singing "Happy Birthday to me") I thought I'd share the favorite spots of October. 

Waterlilies Over My Grave was Book of the Month at Rave Review Book Club. 
Legacy of Danger was finally released and is now out at Amazon.com.  Thank you to my publisher Linda Daly (LSPdigital.com)   
I came up with an idea for NANOWRIMO  November's "Write until you drop." 
Special birthday parties from Bruce, Linda and a host of special people on Facebook. 

Took my mind off all the election _________ (fill in the blank) that's going on. 

Here's a note from "The Universe," by Mike Dooley. 


You might not always see it, Patricia, but everything, always, plays to a greater good... 


Things keep on getting better and better...

And you're already the kind of person you once dreamed you'd become.

All choked up,
    The Universe

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Rave Review Book Clubs

Congratulations to Larry Hyatt winner of today's RRBC PUSH TUESDAY.

#PUSHTUESDAY WINNER OF THE DAY!

10/25/16: Today's #PUSHTUESDAY Winner is LARRY HYATT (@hyhattlarry), author of "HOW TO REACH FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM...(And Not Get it!)" at www.amazon.com/dp/B00FSKCGTU.


We are so excited to honor LARRY in this way! He is an awesomely supportive member and deserves this honor. Today is his day and we're going to make it grand for him, in a different kind of way! Let's show Larry and all the world, that RAVE REVIEWS BOOK CLUB knows how to #PUSH its' members!!!
For the next 24-hours and beyond, please "PUSH" @hyhattlarry by picking up a copy of his book; show your support of him on Twitter, Facebook and any and every other social medium you utilize. Be sure to always use the #PUSHTUESDAY hashtag so we are able to recognize and NOTE your support! As always, when you've finished the read, don't forget to post a review!
Also, don't forget to visit the many blog posts by our members that have been put up today in Larry's honor!
CONGRATULATIONS, @Hyhattlarry! You're today's lucky winner of our GREAT BIG #PUSH!

 

Monday, October 24, 2016

ELECTION DAY COMING UP

Only 15 days until Election Day?

Do the kids have the day off? Do YOU have the day off? You are going to make time, aren't you? (no matter what the projections tell you. No matter who you are or aren't going to vote for.

We're not a perfect country, but we come as close to it as any I can see. I know the grass always seems to be greener on the other side of the fence, but it's not. If you get everything paid for, you have a hefty amount of taxes. If you have few taxes, you probably don't get so much in the things you need and can't pay for. We have prejudice, but maybe not as much as many other countries. Think well and hard on what we DO have, rather than what we DON'T have. You might be surprised.

Are election system is probably the fairest in the world. Do we have some "rigged" voting. Probably, although nobody's been able to prove it lately.

The point is we have to keep a watch on our system ourselves. If we can, go volunteer at the polling place. If you like one candidate over the other, then go campaign for them. We're all human, even though some of us are more human than others.

And no, you don't have to tell ANYBODY who you're voting for or why. I'm not. Why? Probably because some folks take this election with vitriol, lack of humor and "my candidate is better-less corrupt-more polished--richer--poorer--a socialist--not a socialist--a conservative--not a conservative (although they may be playing at it) etc. You know what I mean. I could go on with all the stuff I've heard over the past 15 months. Have I been following? You becha.

The only thing I ask, is that you do go out and vote. Don't yell at anybody, because they don't hold your views, don't call them names or worse stupid.  Remember, if they voted, they're not stupid. (maybe they just haven't studied the history and viewpoint of the selected candidate.)

So, I'm not going to say, each candidate has something to contribute. Or, our government is full of checks and balances. If you think Hill is going to win and you don't like it? Pick republicans for the down ballots to keep the check/balances in order. Same with trump.

That's all I'm going to say about politics. I normally don't talk about them.

Patricia A. Guthrie

If you disagree, please leave a comment. Nobody ever leaves comments on many blogs--even on my brilliant friends' blogs.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Guest blog on Paty Jager's INTO THE SUNSET, tomorrow.

Tomorrow, I have the privilege to be included as a guest blogger on Paty Jager's award winning blog spot INTO THE SUNSET. Lovely, and usually reserved for everything cowboy and indian. So if you're into the old west or gothic (mine sort of borders on that) you'd love her blog.

I sat down and interviewed Elena Dkany. (you mean you DON'T KNOW WHO SHE IS?) She is the heroine of LEGACY OF DANGER. We discuss all things Legacy except for -- well, read it and find out. I'm also including some information on The League of the Silver Cross the beginning of the Dkany dynesty. But, don't worry, this isn't an epic. This goes from June to around August of 2016.
or 2015. Depending.

I will be up on her blog all day, so go on in and make comments, so we feel loved.

www.patyjager.blogspot.com 




Saturday, October 22, 2016

Lost Website, Rave Review Book Club Virtual Convention, Author's Den Contest, Allergies

CARPATHIAN MOUNTAINS AT DUSK


I just realized I hadn't posted since Wednesday. What have I been doing? You well may ask.

1. I lost my website. Literally. I cannot get it onto the Internet. It is, however, still on it site provider, Wix. Yahoo was the money end of it, and that seems to be gone. Today I'm going to update the site and try to find a place to carry it into Cyberspace. Good luck to me. A computer guru, I'm not.

LEGACY OF DANGER: I'm still waiting for my books to arrive from my publisher. Today, I think.
I have two book signings next week: Wed and Fri. and a bunch of people want to buy the print book, so yippee. I'm glad to get rid of these and order more. It appears the number on Amazon's rank keep going down and that's a good thing. However, STILL NO REVIEWS.  No, correction. I got one review and it disappeared. What's up with that?

Author's Den is having a Halloween party-contest. I'm entering LEGACY.

#RRBC (Rave Review Book Club) is preparing for a Dec 1-3 virtual writing convention. Cool, huh?
We will be holding workshops. I and Beem Weeks will be presenting "Writing the Perfect Book Review." I've got it outlined and now it needs polishing. Another task for today.

Allergies: I know I've been on and off in writing and sticking to my blog. I'm sorry about that. That's true with my life in general. Just had a scratch test (allergy test). So what am I allergic to? REally want to know? Everything in and out--seasonal that runs from March through the end of Nov or the first frost. Then, I'm also allergic to dust and mold so that can cover everything inside as well.
Fortunately, I'm not allergic to cats, only slightly to dogs and slightly to horses. I am allergic however, to all kinds of grasses, (that means hay) fields, mold that lies in the grasses and leaves falling off the beautiful trees. I don't know about leather. They didn't test for that. Probably if the equipment is moldy. Yikes.

Cheers

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