This week I have been working as Photographer at the Senior Adult Retreat on Signal Mountain, taking pictures and preparing a DVD for them to take home. It has been so much fun. My sister was a great help too.
My book was going like hot cakes up here on the mountain. At the same time, I was selling on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback. WOW. Great fun.
I wrote on the next book "Bad Blood" this week also. It came easily (not always the case in writing) as I wrote more about Nathe and his colorful family!!
Everything seems to be set for the signing in Waynesboro, TN on Sept 15 at Wayne County Public Library. Hope to see all friends and readers (new-found friends) there if you live in that vicinity.
They say book Trailers are a new thing that works. So I will try one. At least I have some smart computer people that can help some...give me pointers on making it better. (Think movie trailer but for a book.) I have gotten someone to speak as Nathe and changed the back of the book description into first person and let him tell what the book is about. It will be filled with mountain pictures and other phots that I feel depict some of the feelings you might get with Revenge.
On another note, I am still setting up more signings for Revenge and talking with more readers from other states. I am trying to figure a way to get signings where they are located as they are asking for me to autograph their copies (YAY). Open to suggestions if you would like me in your area. If you are a part of a book club, I will gladly come to those, talk to you about the book, AND sign the books if you like. There is nothing I would like more than to meet more of you readers.
PS: BAD BLOOD is taking shape and I am enjoying writing it.
My life just got a lot busier. The following is my schedule as of today. If it changes, I will post it on my web site and try to update you. I hope I get to see some of you at one of the places I will be.
Sat, Sept 15 (tentative date). Wayne County Library, Waynesboro, TN
Retreat in Pigeon Forge TN Sept 21-22
Thursday October 11, Clyde W. Roddy Public Library, Dayton, TN 4-6 p.m.
Saturday October 27, Lawrence County Public Library 9-12 a.m., Lawrenceburg, TN
Saturday, Nov 3, Smithville, Tn at the Smithville Church of God Craft Fair & Bazaar, 8-11:30 a.m.
Again, come and talk with me. If you already have a book and want it signed, I will be more than glad to do that. There will also be books for sale at each of the signings.
...the first chapter of Book 3 "Sorrow"? It is now in an online anthology where I won second at the Alabama Writer's Conclave. Their anthology is at alalit.com and I am about page 151 but look in the table of contents to be sure.
If you look in the winners at the end, you will see my name again in another category where I won the honorable mention for an article. They did not put those in the anthology (they did last year).
I would love to have you read that first chapter of "Sorrow" and respond to me either here, on FB, or by email. You all are the greatest!!!! Again, go to alalit.com.
I am over 1/4 of the way through "Bad Blood" but not quite 1/3. Today, I had real breakthough. You may not know it, but sometimes when you are writing, it's almost like you stop telling the characters what to do, and they start telling you what is happening or going to happen. This was one of those days. I listened in on a conversation of Addie with someone (you will find out who in the book...LOL). It really seemed like I was listening to them and not writing it at all. THAT was super fun!!!! I thought, "Cool. Who knew you were going in that direction". They looked at me and said "WE DID!!!" True, I did not sleep well last night but it was a "Yahoooo" moment for me. I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I am writing it. That would make my day...no my week...better yet, my YEAR,
Just letting you all know that I am writing consistently on the next book, Bad Blood. I am over 15,000 words. I now know how it begins, the big moments, and how it ends. I may have already told you there are several characters that are coming back, of course, but the youngsters are grown up and there are some new ones. I hope those new ones will be loved by you as I take them into Book 3, Sorrow.
Every time I sit down and start to write, I get so excited for you to read this one.
Are any of you acquainted with a "book club"? I would love my book to be a part of one. I would be willing to come to one of their meetings (usually the last one) and sign their books, answer their questions, and talk with them about the book and let them ask me questions. Let me know if you pass my book as a suggestion for a book club. I know that one person in North Carolina emailed me and told me she had suggested my book to the local club. I offered the same thing, i.e. meet with them, etc. I would appreciate it so much.
Ann Phillips, Tennessee native with roots in North Carolina, mother of 5, grandmother of 15 and loving life..