Auntie’s Bookstore reading

Anthology Thanks

This coming Friday evening, January 12, 2018, three of the contributors to the SASP anthology Celebrating Spokane Authors will read from their selections at Auntie’s Bookstore. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. at the store, located at 402 W. Main St. in Spokane, Washington.

I have the honor of moderating the event, which will feature authors Sandy Mason and Caryl Briscoe-Michas, and poet Linda Noble Sonntag. Sandy writes historical fiction, Caryl writes about life experiences (and she has had some interesting ones), and Linda writes poetry with a whimsical twist.

Copies of the anthology will also be available for sale at Auntie’s, and the authors involved in the reading will be happy to sign your copy. Come join us for a fun evening.

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A special New Year’s gift for you

I hope this missal finds you warm, cozy, well-fed, and loved. To add to the love, I’ve decided to offer the three ebooks I have available on Smashwords as an end-of-the-year gift to you. All three are available in just about any format you would need, including Kindle, Nook, Epub, and Kobo. Just go to Smashwords.com and search for me among the authors.

To facilitate it even more, I have links to the Smashwords site for each of my books. Click on the title, and it should take you to the appropriate page.

                                                       

Meadowlark Madness                    Taming of the T-Bird                  The Gluten Free Gourmand

One more thing: this offer is only good until New Year’s Day, so don’t delay! If you take advantage of this offer, please write an honest review of what you thought of the book.

Coming Soon…

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Watch for the notice of availability for the latest Emily Trace Mystery, and for the date of the book launch party.

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

For the past few years, one of the things I did at this time was send out cards to my friends and family. This year I upgraded my computer, and have spent the last month looking for my list of addresses. Since I haven’t yet found them, and since I’ve received cards from quite a few people this month, I decided I’d better do something to let everyone know how much I appreciate them. This post is part of that attempt.

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There may be some of you who celebrate different holidays, and some who don’t celebrate any, but my wishes to you are the same. You are each precious to me, and I wish you the very best of happiness, health, and security for now and the coming year.

Sincerely,

Sue Eller

 

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How do you digest a 600+ page tome?

The answer: break it into a three-part series. That’s what J. R. R. Tolkein’s publishers did with Lord of the Rings, and it’s also what Kate Poitevin did with Saving Tir Gaeltacht.

For those of you who don’t know Kate or the story of how her tale evolved, here is a brief synopsis. She began the project as a short story for her grandchildren, starring her grandchildren. Over the next few years, it evolved into an epic tale in a mythical and magical Celtic land. More characters showed up over her shoulder as Kate typed the story into her computer, and more pages were needed to include these characters in the book.

I was honored to be a part of her first major fiction effort. Privileged to watch the tale unfold as she wrote it, I saw it grow day by day, month by month, and year by year until the book was finally ready for the printer.

I am happy to report – for those of you daunted by the idea of reading a book of over 600 pages, and in tiny print to boot – that Saving Tir Gaeltacht is now a three-part series. The books are available only in a select few Spokane book stores, or from Kate herself. Each of the three books in the series sells for $10.00, or you can buy all three for $25.00. Below are the thumbnails of the three books:

You may contact me, Sue Eller, at author@emilytracemysteries.com, and I’ll put you in touch with Kate.

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Last Minute Shopping

This is for all of you who do last minute shopping. Kate Poitevin, Larry Danek, and I are doing a book signing and sale at Sticks & Dreams Gallery and Emporium this Saturday, Dec. 16, from noon until about 2 p.m. The shop is located at 903 1/2 West Garland Avenue in Spokane.

All three authors are members of Spokane Authors & Self-Publishers, and they all have stories published in SASP’s anthology, Celebrating Spokane Authors, which was released this month. Copies of the anthology are also available for sale. In addition, each of us has a series in which we have written at least two books. And the stories continue to develop.

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I hope those of you who live in the Spokane area will stop by and say hello. Sticks and Dreams also has other gift items, and they have a Facebook page, too. See you Saturday.

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SASP Anthology

NaNoWriMo has ended, and once again I got sidetracked. The good news is I got started on the sequel to my first book, Return From Armageddon. I have a working title for it: Resurrection in Reverse. I showed the beginning to a couple of my friends and fellow writers, and they told me it surprised them. I’ll leave the teaser at that for now.

Meanwhile, the fork in the road of my life led me down the path to get our first SASP anthology, Celebrating Spokane Authors, into print. The book is live on Amazon and Kindle, and available at Auntie’s Book Store and soon to be at 2nd Look Books. Both are independent book stores in Spokane.

Here is a short video slide show I put together with photos by Curt Rein, Beth Camp, and Kate Poitevin, and background music by Maxie Ray Mills and Steve Sackett. Maxie and Steve provided a live performance at our party, and rendition they did of the song on the video is Dear Prudence, a Beatles cover.

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Tales from the Road

Today will be a bit different, but then I like to keep things interesting. It has been my pleasure to get to know a man who is talented in music, acting, and now writing. Bill Bancroft has been a drummer and percussionist since he was very young, and has played, toured, and done studio work for various bands and venues all over the nation over the years. He currently plays with the Bobby Patterson Band, and has done some acting in the Spokane area as well, including a recurring part in Z Nation.

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At the urging of family and friends, Bill has put pen to paper (or actually voice to recorder) and told his life story as a rock and country drummer in the 70’s and 80’s. I am honored to be asked to read the book – Tales from the Road – in advance of publication, and to share my humble opinions.

I expected to read a wild tale of the life of a semi-famous rock star. Yes, there’s some revelry and wild parties and drinking and partaking of illegal substances. But that isn’t the heart of the story. Tales from the Road is first and foremost a love story – a constant balancing act between Bill’s love for his wife and family and his love of music.

It is also a story of a life NOT wasted, of a coming of age and coming of maturity (not all at the same time), and a triumph of intelligence over indulgence. I would recommend this book to all but the faint of heart. Stay tuned and I’ll alert you when the book is released for sale.

 

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NaNoWriMo Eve (a.k.a. Halloween)

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The witching hour approaches, and novel writers around the globe prepare to immerse themselves in a Herculean effort to produce a novel in a single month.

That’s the idea, anyway. National Novel Writing Month approaches. It sneaks up on unsuspecting writers, who have a lofty goal of writing a rough draft of a 50,000 word book in 30 days. I have joined in, and hope to produce the sequel to my first published work, which was a novella entitled Return from Armageddon. I have a working title (Resurrection in Reverse), a sketchy outline, and a determination to finish what I envisioned over 20 years ago. It’s time.

NaNoWriMo is not the only thing going on in my life right now. In fact, this week is filled with what I like to call “writing stuff,” which is a highly technical term for what I love to do.

I still need to finish the edits, formatting and cover for Send in the Drones, the next Emily Trace Mystery. I’m excited about this one, and I hope Emily Trace fans will be, too.

Wednesday, I meet with fellow Spokane Authors and Self-Publishers officer and dear friend, Beth Camp. We have been working on SASP’s first anthology, Celebrating Spokane Authors, and hope to iron out the little glitches we found in the proof copies, get the final cover and pages to the printer, Gray Dog Press, and have it ready to go within the week. Then we get to present the book at the SASP meeting this Thursday, November 2, take pre-orders, and plan a launch party. We couldn’t have done the project without lots of help from our fellow officers and members. I’ll announce the release date and party soon.

Then there is the SASP meeting itself. Dave McChesney and I, at the request of some of our members, will present a tutorial on creating and using Facebook and Twitter to market books and promote yourself as an author. SASP meets the first Thursday of each month at the Golden Corral buffet restaurant on North Division Street in Spokane, Washington. We gather at 2:00 p.m., and the program begins at 2:30. Come join us!

Along with a few other writer friends, I have the privilege of having one of my short stories selected for the Spokane County Library District’s anthology Spokane Writes. The Spokesman-Review will print a story, written by freelancer Tyler Wilson, on Friday, November 3. Tyler did a phone interview with me (and others who are in the anthology as well) on Monday. The release party for Spokane Writes will be Saturday, November 4, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at the North Spokane branch on Hawthorne Road, just east of Division. I will be there, and I understand all the other authors appearing in Spokane Writes will be there as well. For further information, follow this link: 75th Anniversary and Anthology Release Party

Stay tuned for more events, progress on NaNoWriMo, release parties for Send in the Drones and Celebrating Spokane Authors, and upcoming book signings in the Spokane area. You may also visit SASP’s website at spokaneauthors.org

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So You Want to Write a Book

I got a wonderful email from someone who desires to write a book. I will leave out the details of her letter, but it prompted me to write a reply I’d like to share with all writers and aspiring writers. Here it is:

Dear (put your name here):

Thank you for your lovely letter. I am always pleased to meet writers and aspiring writers.

There are several things you can do, if you want to write a book (or two or more). I will try to summarize, but the journey for each person is their own.

First of all, write. There is a wonderful, free event beginning November 1. It is called NaNoWriMo. Funny name, but it stands for National Novel Writing Month, and the idea is to write as much as you can for the 30-day month of November. I am sending you the link to their site, and I encourage you to participate. Http://nanowrimo.org

The event has participants from all over the world, and there is a chapter right here in Spokane, Washington. You can have a writing buddy or buddies if you wish, attend local “write-ins” or just sit down every day and write about 1,700 words. Don’t worry about the editing at this point, or even the flow of your story. Just write. The goal is to produce a 50,000 word novel rough draft. The best thing about NaNoWriMo is that you are accountable to no one except yourself. If you’ve put off getting started, it’s a good way to kick yourself into gear.

Second, I would urge you to attend a local writers’ meeting such as Spokane Authors. We meet the first Thursday of the month at 2:00 p.m. at the Golden Corral on North Division. If you work during the day and are unable to attend, there is a group which meets the third Wednesday of the month at Frankie Doodle’s Restaurant on Third and Division at 6:00 p.m. Both these groups have been around for a while, and I attend both meetings whenever I can. The advantages are that you become more connected with Spokane’s writing community, and you will meet some of Spokane’s authors and aspiring authors.

Third, find a critique group. There are many in Spokane. Not all of them will fit your personality and writing style, but if you try out several, you will find one that will nurture and help you in your writing journey. Critique groups are generally smaller than the two groups I mentioned above. They also usually meet more often, and take turns reading from their works in progress. The one I belong to meets twice a month, and we print out copies of what we will read, so that everyone can write their comments down. That’s not necessary, but it is helpful. I also meet with  a couple of writer friends and go even more in detail into whatever project I’m involved in at the moment.

Finally, never give up! 😊 You have a story within you. Let it come out. Who knows? The world may end up a better place because you chose to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard). Good luck, and thank you for your wonderful email. Because of it, I wrote something I can share in our newsletter and in my blog. You see, you have already had a positive effect on the world.

Write On!

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I Love Fall

Fall is my favorite time of year, and has been for as long as I can remember. The smell of harvested grain pours from the hopper of the combine into the waiting truck, the aroma of freshly cut grass mingles with falling leaves, apples blush red after the first frost, and  carved pumpkins sit like sentinels on neighbors’ porches. Children settle in to school and look forward to Halloween.

Ah, yes. Halloween. The month of October provides a few special treats in my little corner of the writing world. First of all, Spokane Authors and Self-Publishers will release its first anthology. All of us have worked hard to submit our stories and poems, fine-tune them, and put them together in a book. Celebrating Spokane Authors: Readings in Prose and Poetry is scheduled for release by the end of this month. One of my short stories will be included in the collection, which will be available on Amazon and Kindle, and hopefully at some of Spokane’s local bookstores.

Several SASP members will feature their books at the Mount Spokane High School Craft Fair this weekend. Located at 6015 East Mt. Spokane Park Drive, a mile east of Highway 2 and near the Green Bluff Apple Festival, the fair runs all day Saturday and from 11-4 Sunday, Oct. 14-15. Esther Hildahl and Joyce Caudel will be there both days, Kate Poitevin will join them Satuday, and I’ll be there Sunday.

Also this weekend, Larry Danek and I will do a book signing at Book Traders, located at 907 West Garland Avenue in Spokane, as part of the Artspiration event. Drop by and see us between 10-5 Saturday, Oct. 14.

More good news and activities to come.

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