Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Don't You Just Love A Sale?

It's summer. Time to prepare for vacation. Whether you're a beach bum, a city explorer, or prefer the rustic wilderness, it's always good to have a book or two along for those lazy days or rainy nights. You can benefit from my overzealous ordering. I'm drowning in paperbacks, so I'm having a summer sale. These prices are only available directly from me, not at online retailers. If you belong to a book club and want to make one of my books your read of the month, this is a great time to get multiple copies with FREE shipping. You can view the books and read a description of them on my page at Amazon.com

Friday, May 19, 2017

A Book is a Book is a Book

Rescued...Too is available in ebook, trade paperback, and audio formats.


Okay, let me get my pet peeve and rant out of the way first. I often hear people talk about books and say, "I don't like ebooks. I prefer real books." Hearing that statement is like having someone shove cactus needles under my fingernails. News flash: ebooks are REAL books. So are audiobooks. A book is a book is a book.

Ebook technology has been around since 1971 and Project Gutenberg. Early books were available on floppy disks. (If you're old enough to know what that means, well, you're old, like me.) The first e-readers--devices designed for downloading and reading books produced in digital format--appeared in 1998. Prior to that, digital book files had to be read on the internet, on your home computer.

But my point here is not to provide a history of ebooks and reading devices. Rather, my point is to stress that books--regardless of format--are real books.

The difference is the format. I have twenty-seven novels and novellas along with several short stories available in ebook format. Twenty-five of those novels are available in trade paperback. You know---real books (wink, wink). And five of those are available as audiobooks.

I don't know about you, but I love having options. I spend a fair amount of time in any given week in the car. Audiobooks are my salvation during my long drives to and from the day job. And those books are very real. I know there are those who prefer a hard copy of a book in their hands, enjoy turning the pages. I do, too, sometimes. But the ability to carry my entire library with me for travel or to listen to a book being read to me while I drive is invaluable.

If you look at Amazon book listings, they will tell you all the formats in which any given book is available. There's no right or wrong in preference. Trust me, we authors appreciate our readers regardless of the format they prefer. That's why so many of us strive to make our books available in a variety of formats.

But I beg you, please don't refer to hardback or paperback books as the only 'real' books. I will thank you as will many of my author friends.

Have a beautiful weekend and take time to curl up with a good book---on your phone, your Kindle, your mp3---or a paperback. Keep it real!


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Mini-Con for New and Emerging Writers: A Hit!

Saturday, March 6, marked the first in what is planned to be a series of events for writers, sponsored by the Desoto Writers Alliance and the M.R. Davis Public Library in Southaven, MS. It was a great day for all. The focus of this event was: Writing Your First Novel: A Min-Conference for New and Emerging Writers. And it was FREE!

I kicked it off with introductions, then a conversation with Kim Smith about ideas, beginning, starting your book. Helen Henderson picked it up with a great presentation on plotting--taking that idea and fleshing it out. Kimberely Koz showed us how to created well-developed characters.

A fabulous lunch was provided by Texas Roadhouse, Dale's Family Restaurant, and with snacks from American Wholesale Grocers (all donated). Our presenters joined the attendees for lunch and a discussion about writing groups and critique groups, where we were also joined by Vanessa VanDenBlaze.

The afternoon resumed with Wendy Strain, who talked about editing and ghostwriting. We wrapped up with a panel discussion will all the presenters, fielding questions from genre to marketing to finding a publisher.

River City Romance Writers were present to share information about their Romance Writers of America Memphis chapter, and a few participants who belong to Malice in Memphis talked about their local writers group. Writers groups are important, especially for new writers who benefit from the expertise and support of more experienced writers.

Someone asked me why we authors would volunteer to put our time and effort into a day-long event like this for free. I think I speak for my fellow authors here. A lot of people gave me a hand-up and helped me when I first started writing. They pulled me back from the ledge and steered me around many pitfalls. This is paying it forward, helping others who are starting out in their writing careers, sharing our learnings and experience and, yes, some expertise.

I want to especially thank Caroline Barnett and Zachary Clemmer from the M.R. Davis Library (part of the First Regional Library system), the Friends of the M.R. Davis Library and the volunteers, as well as the local businesses mentioned above who made the fantastic lunch possible. It was truly a collaboration and community effort. The First Regional Libraries and, especially, the M.R. Davis Southaven branch has always been welcoming and supportive to writers. They even have a special Local Authors section among their shelves. Libraries offer so much to the community, so please support your local library in any way you can.

I'm eager to review the evaluations and see where we go from here. There will be more to come.

Friday, March 31, 2017

New Release - THE GAME

J.C. Wylde--The Wylde Man--was on top of the game as a World Series winning pitcher for the Long Beach Herons until a devastating injury sidelined him and just may end his career. Caroline Cleary, a nurse practitioner who grew up competing with two older brothers, is the star quarterback for the Sandusky She-Devils women's football team. When J.C. returns home to Lakeport, Ohio to recuperate, he and Caro are thrown into an entirely new game that neither one is prepared to play.

Now Available at these retailers:

          AMAZON.COM           SMASHWORDS             B&N.com                 CREATESPACE

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Game - Coming April 1 (No foolin')

A few years ago while visiting Pittsburgh, I got to see the Pittsburgh Passion--a women's football league team--play. I loved that women were playing what had been traditionally considered a man's game and playing it so well. I knew that one day I'd write a book featuring a heroine who played women's football.

That day has come. THE GAME features heroine, Caroline Cleary, who is a nurse practitioner by day and the quarterback for the Sandusky She-Devils on the weekend. The hero of the story, J.C. Wylde--the Wylde Man--is a star pitcher for the Long Beach Herons professional baseball team. J.C. is sidelined by a serious injury that could be the end of his career.

When J.C. returns home to Lakeport, Ohio to recuperate, he and Caro are thrown into an entirely new game that neither one is prepared to play.

THE GAME will be released on April 1, but is available for pre-order now at: Amazon.com

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas - 2016 - A Look Back and A Look Forward

This Christmas, I've taken some time to reflect on 2016. Wow, what a year it has been. You know, until you take time to look back and think about where you've been and all you've done, it sometimes slips right past you. No wonder I'm ready for a break, a few days of peace and quiet. I've been busy!

In the past year, I've published two new books and a short story. I had Ladies in Waiting produced in audio. I've also edited and republished five of my previously published books. There's more to republishing than changing the cover and putting the book back up there. It requires a bit of rewriting and updating each book.

I also branched out into offering copy editing and proofreading services as Linda Edits 4 U. I've copy edited three books this year for seemingly happy customers. I enjoy this departure from my own writing. I learn from other writers. I learn from giving more attention to the details in their work. I get to read some fantastic stories before the rest of you see them. And I get to provide a service to other writers, an objective pair of eyes for cleaning up and tightening up their writing.

I have three new books in various stages of development and aimed for publication in 2017 so, as you can see, I anticipate another busy year. I don't make New Year's resolutions because I rarely keep them. I do set goals that I try to meet, though. Of course, one goal is to complete and publish those three books that in process. Another goal is to give something more back to new writers, to pay forward what was given to me when I first started out. So I'm looking at starting up a writer's group with a fellow author to meet monthly at a local library. it will be a place for both new and seasoned writers to come together, share our wisdom and our fears or doubts, and generally encourage one another in this daunting world of writing. It can be a scary place at times, but mostly it's a wonderful world to live in--the world of imagination.

My other goal for 2017 is to take a fall cruise up the New England coast to Canada where I hope to meet a fellow author I've known for several years in cyberspace only. Oh, the stories that will come from that cruise, I'm sure.

My wishes for all of you this Christmas and for the coming year is this: I wish you love and joy. I wish that the dreams of your heart come true. I wish you the courage to stand in your convictions in the face of any conflict. I wish you peace and hope. 


Monday, December 5, 2016

Seasoned Romance Sale December 7-9

I'm participating in a Seasoned Romance $ 0.99 sale, December 7 - 9, along with 23 other authors of "seasoned romance." If you like romance featuring more mature couples (mid-30's and up---the sky's the limit), and if you want an introduction to some authors who may be new to you, please do stop by. You'll find everything from sweet to steamy. Yes, older heroes and heroines still steam up the windows sometimes.

Visit our page at http://seasonedromances.com/ and peruse our offerings. We'll also be having a Facebook Hop, so come on over and 'like' and 'follow' my Writing for Women Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/Linda-Rettstatt-Writing-for-Women-142119167526/ and then, on the 7th, you'll get more info on how to hop onto the hop. 

Join us for three days of fun as we talk about seasoned romance, offer prizes, and give you a chance to add to your 'favorite authors' list.

Here are links to each author's Facebook page for the sale:

Karen Booth: https://www.facebook.com/karenboothauthor/
Karen M Bryson: https://www.facebook.com/KarenMuellerBrysonAuthor/
Sela Carsen: https://www.facebook.com/SelaCarsen/
Karyn Gerrard: https://www.facebook.com/KarynGerrardAuthor/
Shana Gray: https://www.facebook.com/authorshanagray/
Gail Hart: https://www.facebook.com/authorgailhart/
Susan Haught: https://www.facebook.com/susanrhaught/
Jill Haymaker: https://www.facebook.com/authorjillhaymaker
Kathryn Jane: https://www.facebook.com/authorKathrynJane/
Judy Kentrus: https://www.facebook.com/judykentrusauthor/...
Josie Kerr: http://www.Facebook.com/authorjosiekerr
Patricia Kiyono: https://www.facebook.com/Patricia-Kiyono-149294485148710/
Tracy Krimmer: Http://www.facebook.com/KrimmerAuthor
Cecilia London: http://www.Facebook.com/authorcecilialondon
Morgan Malone: https://www.facebook.com/MorganMaloneAuthor/
Natasha Moore: https://www.facebook.com/natashamooreauthor/
Linda Rettstatt: https://www.facebook.com/Linda-Rettstatt-Writing-for-Women…/
Alexa Rowan: https://www.facebook.com/alexa.rowan.books/
Bobbi Ruggiero: https://www.facebook.com/authoressbobbiruggiero/
Jan Scarbrough: https://www.facebook.com/Romancerider/
Sharleen Scott: https://www.facebook.com/OutWestPress/
Denise Swanson: https://www.facebook.com/DeniseSwansonAuthor/
Maggie Wells: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMaggieWells