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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Summer is hanging on

cj Sez: Is it getting close to autumn temperatures in your neck of the woods? I envy you, because it’s certainly not cooling down here on the Gulf Coast of Alabama.

   I am told and led to believe that it reached 97° F in Mobile yesterday… September 14. I know annual flowers and veggies are supposed to start dying off in September, but not from heat stroke.

   The hellacious heat and humidity do make it easier for me to justify staying in the house to read and/or write, as in another short story.

   Yesterday, I started a short, short story with a submission date of September 30. Okay, I admit it. I have written only three paragraphs for three different ideas. And did I say short, short? It’s more of a haiku…no more than 100 words long. If you’re interested in trying your hand, read more here: http://www.negativecapabilitypress.org/   (P.S. Their call for submissions is near the bottom of the page.)

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   Mobile Writers Guild secretary and prolific author Joyce Scarbrough celebrated the release of AFTER HER, the second book in her Unfinished Series, with a pre-release signing at The Haunted Book Shop on September 13th during Mobile’s ArtWalk. The book releases in paperback and Amazon Kindle on Tuesday, September 17th.

   You’re invited to the Facebook launch party on Tuesday—the official release day for AFTER HER. There’ll be games and give-aways of book swag and other prizes all day, so come join the fun! Here's the link to the party: https://www.facebook.com/events/460604031207225/

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   By the by, as the masthead of Lyrical Pens says, if you have a book (new or old) you want to promote with a blog post, drop me a note. We can arrange a blog date…the only caveat is that this site is PG 13.

   That’s it for this week. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same. See you next week?

cj
   Don’t you just hate it when autocorrect won’t let you correct what it has determined to be incorrect? Word is forever trying to capitalize my name, and it drives me batty. I know, I know. I don’t have far to go.

CHOOSING CARTER and DEADLY STAR are quick reads chock full of adventure with a touch of sassy banter and sweet romance. Get your Kindle copy on Amazon…visit my Amazon Central Author Page = https://amzn.to/2v6SrAj for more information about my stories.

   TO ORDER an autographed copy of CHOOSING CARTER, DEADLY STAR, HOMETOWN HEROES, and/or THE POSSE, contact The Haunted Bookshop here: The Haunted Bookshop  Angela Trigg, the awesome owner and a RITA Award-winning author in her own right (writing as Angela Quarles) will be happy to ship you the book(s) of your choice.

   Visit me on Facebook at:   cjpetterson/author on Facebook

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Where did you get your love of books?


cj Sez: Do you have a huge to-be-read pile on your nightstand?

   Is there one particular book you can point to as THE BOOK that captured your imagination and started you reading more and more and maybe thinking about being a writer?
   As a child, did you have a parent that read to you?
   Did you have a home library of books?

I’ll answer first:

  Nope, I have a small TBR pile and another small list of TBR Kindle books. I blame that on my eyes, and the fact that most books put me to sleep after about four chapters. Obviously, I'm a slow reader...unless I get "in the zone."  

   Yep, THE BOOK for me is "Last of the Mohicans," by James Fenimore Cooper. At age ten, when it was still safe for a kid to walk the city streets at night, I spent Friday evenings crunching through icy snow to go to the Mark Twain Library in Detroit and find a quiet corner to read a few chapters. 
   Based on the French and Indian war and touching on interracial love, the story whetted my appetite for exciting adventure. Of course, I had to see the movie when it came out, and, no matter it wasn’t a box-office smash, I fell in love with Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis).

   Nope. Or at least I can’t remember that either of my parents read to me.  
   
Nope, no home library, although I do remember reading comic books and some Golden Books. I don’t think the Golden Books were mine, though.

   All of that is to say don’t compare your writing or reading life to anyone else’s. Sometimes, all it takes is a single story to bring about a love of books and spark one’s imagination.

   I do believe I can point to my not being introduced to reading as a child as at least one reason why I am such a slow writer…but I love the lyrical syncopation of words and syntax, and I am writing. In fact, although I’ve been working on two novels for “years,” I had original short stories accepted into two different anthologies this year, and I’m working on a third short story.

   What sparked your love of reading and/or writing? Can you pinpoint a single story or book? Or was it the cumulative effect of childhood experiences?

Of Note this week:  

   Sept 8 is U.N. International Literacy Day and National Grandmothers’ Day. 
   September 11 is Patriot Day and the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks of 2001 (please pray for the survivors and the families of those lost in the terrorist attacks).
   September 12 is Johanna’s birthday (my granddaughter), and 
   September 13 is Friday the Thirteenth.

   By the by, as the masthead of Lyrical Pens says, if you have a book you want to promote, let me know. We can arrange a blog date…the only caveat is that this site is PG 13.

   That’s it for this week’s post. You-all guys keep on keeping on, and I’ll try to do the same. See you next week?

cj

   CHOOSING CARTER and DEADLY STAR are quick reads chock full of adventure with a touch of sassy banter and sweet romance. Get your Kindle copy on Amazon…visit my Amazon Central Author Page = https://amzn.to/2v6SrAj for more information about my stories.

TO ORDER an autographed copy of CHOOSING CARTER, DEADLY STAR, HOMETOWN HEROES, and/or THE POSSE, contact The Haunted Bookshop here: The Haunted Bookshop  Angela Trigg, the awesome owner and a RITA Award-winning author in her own right (writing as Angela Quarles) will be happy to ship you the book(s) of your choice.

Visit me on Facebook at:   cjpetterson/author on Facebook