Sunday, August 20, 2017

Past, Present, Future

PAST: Two books published and a successful launch party for Paradise Dead. It got as high as #3 on Amazon's Kindle World HOT New Releases. During the launch party I sold copies my first Lei Crime novella, Paradise Down, plus copies of 7 Days of Seven and both Not a Whisper and Barely a Spark, the first two books in my Klondike Mystery Series.

PRESENT: After taking the weekend off to do a few things around the house, I will be attending a RAD Eclipse Party being sponsored by our favorite local microbrewer, Calf Killer Brewing. Starting Tuesday, I will be editing book three in my Klondike Mystery Series, Almost a Touch. It picks up during the same time frame as book two and then moves forward - but set in the Kalispell, MT area. My hope is to have the ebook version published by the end of September, not sure of the print version.

FUTURE: Once I get Almost a Touch published, I have to quickly move into the last of my Lei Crime KW novellas, completing the trilogy. It will be titled Paradise Drift. It will be much darker than the first two, concentrating on a current issue - human trafficking. I have a November 1st deadline for publication for the next big launch. Phew!

I suspect I will take December off, after doing all the marketing needed for Paradise Drift. 2018? Not sure. I still have my Lia Rules, PI Series on the backburner. I hope to keep those books shorter and thus be able to get them to market quickly. This is the cover for the first book - if I ever write it.

But then again, I might take the first three months of 2018 off. After all, I do have a two-week cruise to enjoy.

Well, here's to a busy fall season, hopefully, interspersed with some local sightseeing. Oh, and if you are in the SC/NC/TN/GA area, check out my new EVENTS tab. You might find something of interest scheduled for Oct 7th.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Tui Snider: Launch Party TODAY (8/19)

Tui Snider's New Release Launch Party

News from Tui:
The paperback is now slowly working it's way up the bestseller charts! Right now, it's at #11 for Landmarks and Monuments. 
Meanwhile, the ebook remains #1 in US Architecture! 

Hope to see you on my FB Author Page
I really hope you can drop my my Online Book Launch Party sometime this weekend. It may seem silly, but after working so hard on this book, this little virtual party is a big deal to me.

Launch Party: Trivia Q's & Prizes
Every hour from 10am 'til 7pm, I'll be posting cemetery symbols trivia questions. I'll use
 to pick winners from those who post the right answer, and/or share the post. 

Prizes include: my hubby's skull & crossbones soap, my books (including the as-yet-unreleased Graveyard Journal), and even my music CD.  

Invite your friends
If you know someone who might be interested in my book, or maybe you belong to an FB group that might be interested in cemetery symbols (genealogy? ghost hunters? history?) perhaps you could share my party invitation there.  Or just TAG the people you think would enjoy coming. 

Latecomers welcome!
I'm sure some folks won't see the party or questions until tomorrow orMonday. That's why I am waiting to choose winners until Monday night. 

Thanks again! And I hope to see you at the party this weekend.

Celebrate with Me on Rogue Talk Radio tonight!

Tonight, from 8-10 pm Central Time, I'll be celebrating my book release with hosts, Sheila Gay and Kerby Dewbre on their fun show, Rogue Talk Radio! We will even be doing a live giveaway, so if you're feeling brave, call in during the show at: 323-870-3877

Tune into the show (live or replay) by clicking this link: 

One last thing: My book is still 1/2 price!
After this weekend, the price of my book will double, so:  

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Don't forget - today is LAUNCH PARTY day!

Join our launch of 8 more mystery titles in the Lei Crime Kindle World
Based on the best selling series by Toby Neal

Join the launch day party and enter to win amazing prizes! 

Grab her first book in the series free! 
Blood Orchids

***From award-winning, bestselling author Toby Neal, whose writing Kirkus Reviews calls “persistently riveting,” comes the Lei Crime Series!***

Hawaii is palm trees, black sand and blue water—but for policewoman Lei Texeira, there’s a dark side to paradise.

Overcoming a past filled with scars, Lei makes a life for herself as a cop in the sleepy Big Island town of Hilo. When a routine patrol turns up two murdered teens, Lei’s world is rocked: she knows one of the girls. Even as Lei is drawn into the case, the killer’s attention fixes on her. Despite the strain of being toyed with by a murderer, Lei’s attracted to the lead detective, Michael Stevens--but she can’t afford distractions. Amidst an enchanting backdrop of Hawaii’s black sand beaches and shrouded fern forests, a killer’s closing in on her.

                                  Mercury Blues                        Simmering Illusions                  Pay the Price
                                  A.J. Llewellyn                        Amy Allen                                 Corinne O'Flynn

                                    Paradise Dead                           Angel's Poison                             Sunflower
                                    D.B. McNicol                            Dylan Keefer                              Fiona Manning

                                                          Broken Beginnings                       Deadly Treasure
                                                          Kayla Dawn Thomas                    N Kuhn

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

NEW RELEASE: "Paradise Dead" now available!

We're throwing a party on Facebook and you're invited!

Join in the fun, meet the authors, ask questions, play games and possibly win a prize from one of the authors or even the GRAND PRIZE!
You can enter to win a Kindle Fire, Hawaiian themed spa basket and gift card!!!
Authors Currently Signed Up
5:00-5:30 Amy Allen
5:30-6:00 Heather Hiestand 
7:00-7:30 Corinne O'Flynn
7:30-8:00 Dylan Keefer
8:00-8:30 DB McNicol
8:30-9:00 AJ Llewellyn 
9:00-9:30 Fiona Manning
9:30-10:00 Kayla Dawn Thomas 
10:00-10:30 Toby Neal
10:30-11:00 N Kuhn
 (Times are EDT)

Paradise Dead is now available via Amazon

Hawaii - paradise or a death trap?
Ten friends gather in Kauai to fulfill the final wish of an old friend - the scattering of his ashes.
One by one, they are beset by accidents.
Are they really accidents?
Or could something more sinister be at play?


For the first time, I'm participating in the Write...Edit...Publish (WEP) bloghop challenge. For August, the challenge is REUNIONS. Below is my entry of 760 words, NCCO (no critique, comment only please). While it may only be meaningful to us baby boomers, I hope you will still enjoy it.

On August 4th 1990, I attended my twenty-fifth high school reunion. This was my first one and I was terrified yet exhilarated. In school, I was not cute or pretty, not funny, not athletic, not artistic, not musical, not much of anything other than fairly smart. I had one close girl friend but tended to be a loner who desperately wished they were an insider. It wasn't to happen.

But fast forward twenty-five years, I was married to the love of my life, had a wonderful career and had grown into my looks. Success in life encouraged me to attend the reunion and show what I had become.

I wrote a speech, the first and last speech I would ever write. Here is what I said...

Dear Classmates,

Here I sit reflecting on the past twenty-five years. Where did it go? Twenty-five years, a quarter of a century!

We left high school with enthusiasm and high hopes. Some went to college, some to work. Some got married, some didn't.

The 60's were a radical change for some of us - free love, drugs, rock music and Vietnam. For others, time seemed to move more slowly, perhaps even standing still.

The 70's started out on the same 'HIGH' as the 60's. Make love, not war. Of course some of us were too busy with our growing families and advancing careers to notice. Others were still living day by day. But by the end of the 70's we started to notice a change, we were settling more and more into the mold set by our parents. We changed some of the angles, maybe smoothed some of the edges, but it was still the same mold of responsibility eventually accepted by all generations.

In the 80's we started to take a closer look at ourselves. Some careers were flourishing, others were dying. Some went back to school, others changed direction. Marriages came and went. We had to deal with single parenting, blended families and step-children. The world around us was changing rapidly, sometimes more rapidly than we could accept. Our children were facing a world vastly different from the one in which we had grown up in. As the 80's drew to a close we realized that we had officially passed into the world of middle-age, even though we knew in our hearts that middle aged people were really 10 years older than us!

Now here it is 1990 and we're looking at not only a new decade but the end of a century. Where will we go from here? What forces will shape our next 10 years? How will we fare in the days to come?

Well over the last 25 years I've learned one very important lesson - the value of friendship. No matter how bad things may seem, friends will help you through. Some of us are fortunate enough to be married to our best friend, others can count on family. But the friendships sustained over the years will always be of great value to us. They allow us to maintain a balance in our lives. Some of these friendships were started right here in high school. Others came later in life. Some of us had close friends but lost touch, others still remain in close contact.

So keep this thought in mind tonight - renew those friendships that have strayed, maybe start some new ones. But no matter what happens, let's have a good time and a great decade!
After I gave it, I was asked if I was in Toastmasters (no, I was not). I was asked what happened to the wallflower (she grew up). I was congratulated on the speech.

I felt longer the wallflower of years past, no longer the outsider. I had grown and blossomed, I was welcomed into the inner circle.

But I discovered that it no longer mattered...

Sunday, August 13, 2017


We're Having A New Release Party on Facebook and You're Invited!
Thursday, August 17 at 5 PM - 10 PM EDT

Authors will participate in 30 minute shifts, they will chat with you, you can ask questions, play games and even win some individual prizes from some authors. You can enter to win the GRAND PRIZE of a Kindle Fire, Hawaiian themed spa basket and gift card!

My time slot is 8:00-8:30 pm ET and I will be offering the following prizes to winners chosen randomly from all who post during my time slot.
  • $15 Amazon gift card
  • $10 Amazon gift card
  • Ebook copy of either Paradise Down or Paradise Dead
    Note: If you already have both books, you can choose either a $3 Amazon gift card or an ebook copy of either of my Klondike Mystery books.

I hope to see you there and be sure to invite all your friends!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Moving right along and what's next?

What a busy week this has been! I realize I have been very remiss in posting here.

Even worse, I haven't sent out a newsletter in a LOoong time. I hope I can get back on track soon.

So what have I been doing? Well, for one thing, I published my first fantasy middle grade short story book (a collection of seven short stories).

Fanciful characters, amazing lands, and creatures unheard of in our world! Duits, wizards, rock fairies, Numanitoonics, tree sprites are just some of the fantastical creatures that come along looking for aid from the likes of Bernie Bushkin, Nicola Nippernosh, Luca Lucknless, Piper Pendergast and others.

These seven short stories were written with the idea of creating worlds where imagination runs free. Fanciful characters, amazing lands, and creatures unheard of in our world. I hope these stories will fuel a thirst for reading and encourage young folks to be more creative.

Each story has a life lesson involved - losing a best friend, bullying, missing a parent, helping others, dealing with family and more.

I also have been working hard to finish writing the second novella in my Lei Crime Kindle World "Paradise" series, Paradise Dead. I even pulled an all-nighter this past weekend. And I got it done! It's out for final edits and will be ready for the big launch on August 17th.

If you haven't read the first book, this is a great time to do so!

So what's next? That's easy. The first draft of the third book in my Klondike Mystery Series, Almost a Touch has been sitting on the back burner. Next week I will tackle it again with the hope of getting it published before the end of September.

If you haven't read the first book, this is a great time to do so!
When Cherie Marshall catches her fiancé and best friend in a compromising position, she cancels her upcoming wedding and jumps at the chance to escape to quiet Klondike, Pennsylvania to care for her elderly aunt. She thought her biggest issue would be adapting to life in the middle of a National Forest, so very different from her upbringing in the deserts of Arizona.

But that was before she met State Trooper Fire Marshall Jamison "Jazz" Maddox at the scene of a mysterious fire. As they both become acquainted with the close-knit Klondike residents, things get complicated as Cherie and Jazz find themselves in the middle of a local crime wave where arson, kidnapping, embezzlement and a decades old murder are just the tip of the iceberg.

Monday, August 7, 2017

What am I doing? Writing...writing...writing...

I'm writing and writing and writing...trying to make an August 12th deadline for an August 17th launch party for Paradise Dead, my second novella in my Lei Crime Kindle World Trilogy. The first was Paradise Down, available in the Amazon Kindle store. If you haven't read it, now would be a good time. Honest! ;)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

#IWSG for August 2017: Perserverance

Once again, it's the first Wednesday in the month and time for a post for the Insecure Writer's Support Group.

This month I'm going to use my own prompt - continuing the saga of QUITTING & EXCITED and now on to....

I must perservere!

I managed to make it through the month of July, a very busy month. Busy with daily household things (like baking my first Blueberry Banana Bread)

and adding a new puppy! He has his own Facebook page and Instagram account. Spoiled puppy...just look at all the toys he has and he wants to play with an empty milk bottle. LOL!

But still I persevere... I have one week left to get my latest novella, "Paradise Dead", to my typo hunters. Keep your fingers crossed that I get it done!