Better late than never, my 2008 novel Water Signs is now available on Kindle for $2.99. It’s been an interesting journey, navigating through this brave new media marketing world over the past six years. Although I haven’t actively promoted the book in a very long time, I recently realized that 1.) My network of contacts, friends and clients has dramatically increased thanks to platforms like Facebook and Twitter, providing a large new base of potential readers, and 2.) Now that I’ve completed two ghostwritten books and have a handle on social media projects for clients, I can make the time to (finally) finish Sea To Shining Sea.
One of the many benefits of being an independently published author is that you can never really penetrate your market; therefore, there are endless opportunities to reach new readers. And what better way to pave the way to sequel success than to have my audience fall in love with (or in many cases, all over again) Water Signs just before the sequel’s release?
Woo-hoo! Maureen Miles Bucci’s book, A Snobby Girl’s Guide to Dealing with Cancer, is now available on Create Space, soon to be available on Amazon.com (stay tuned). I’m very proud of my friend and client for her courageous stand against this insidious disease and her determination to achieve her dream of becoming an author.
If you or someone you care about is facing a battle with cancer, give them the gift of Snobby Girl. It’s filled with practical advice, humor, snark, and little-known information they won’t hear from their medical staff. I applaud Maureen for writing the book and know it’s going to help countless women to survive cancer with humor, grace, and style.
While Central Florida gets bombarded with monsoon-like rain this weekend, I figured I’d post some beautiful pics taken during a walk over the causeway. I am truly enjoying the natural scenery around here, which is still unspoiled by an excessive amount of ostentatious mansions and condos. It’s also nice to see big lawns as I stroll around the neighborhood.
No matter where you go within a particular state, there will always be good points and bad points. But living here, I feel like I can breathe. And the ability to live within blocks of the beach and the Indian River certainly helps!
In a few weeks the weather will be cooler, which will inspire me to do more exercising outdoors versus mainly indoors with the wonderful Leslie Sansone and her walkers (although I use those DVDs a minimum of four days per week, no matter the time of year).
Chances are, you’ve probably heard of Lyme disease. But did you know how truly insidious and complex it is to treat? Or how politicized the process of diagnosis and treatment has become — to the detriment of Lyme sufferers (often ostracized as hypochondriacs) and the dedicated doctors who care for them?
Enter my friend and client, Karen Franks. Karen and I reconnected on Facebook a few years ago, having originally met in high school (more than a few years ago ). She is truly one of the most decent, kind and caring people I’ve ever met, someone who always has a smile on her face no matter how difficult the circumstances.
Until she hired me recently to revamp her site, Karen’s Lyme Story, I had no idea how incredibly difficult her experience with Lyme disease has been. After decades of illness, she’s finally on the road to recovery, mainly due to her determination to find a doctor who could help her. Putting her experience to good use, Karen is now an advocate for Lyme patients, those who care for them, and the courageous medical professionals who treat them – often under a microscope used by skeptical medical colleagues and organizations.
If you or someone you love is suffering with Lyme – or suspects they could be – please visit Karen’s Lyme Story and bookmark it for daily reference. It’s chock-full of important, timely information, including how to get in touch with Karen personally. After we complete Phase Two of her social media project, she’ll be rockin’ Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and YouTube!
‘Question Authority’? More like ‘Submit to Authority Without Question’.
Once upon a time, the Flower Children passionately exhorted us to “question authority.” Somewhere along the road to the 21st century however, their mantra transformed into “submit to authority without question.” Carried out to its extreme, the latter philosophy ultimately leads to the tyrannical, dystopian society brilliantly described by author Tracy Lawson in her debut novel, Counteract.
Although classified as YA fiction, Lawson’s fast-paced narrative, well-defined characters, and spine-tingling plot combine for a perfectly paced ride through a world in which rugged individualism, free will, and individual liberty have been all but eradicated by central authorities wielding an agenda of control. And what better way to control the masses than through the installation of irrational fear of an undefined, unseen external enemy?
In the oppressive society of Counteract, the United States as we know it has been fundamentally transformed into a series of quadrants, each run by a government agent known as a “Quadrant Master.” Gone is the rich diversity of 50 states bound together by the United States Constitution. In this freedom-killing society, the President and an oppressive government create a false enemy, followed by a government-created solution. In response to the threat of airborne chemical weapons which may or may not exist, the Office of Civilian Safety and Defense has mandated an antidote to “protect” and “save” the American population.
This final and most insidious step is the last in a series of top-down mandates including the banning of cars (for anyone but government-approved individuals), grocery stores, sporting events, travel and virtually anything that makes life a more rewarding and beautiful experience.
Yet as Lawson proves, there is no antidote or restriction that can fully eviscerate the human spirit. The character development of her two main characters – teenagers Tommy and Careen – dovetails nicely with the plot as they ultimately find each other and begin to unravel the mystery of what’s actually happening versus the propaganda that invades their consciousness on a daily basis through Orwellian-named devices like “PeopleCam.”
In Counteract, Lawson creates a depressing, joyless, and paranoid world but she also provides readers with glimmers of genuine hope in the form of all of the characters that comprise “The Resistance.” Expertly juxtaposing plot and characters, she makes it nearly impossible to put the novel down until the very end — which left me wanting more. Good thing she has a sequel planned for release in early 2015!
As a freedom-loving patriot, determined activist, and voracious reader, it does my heart good to know there are authors Like Tracy Lawson who can fuse entertainment and information into a compelling fictional narrative like Counteract – which has more power to affect the culture and the ultimate direction of our country than a dry, non-fiction book most people will never even bother to pick up, let alone read.