We hope to see you tomorrow at the Once In A Blue Moose gift shop at their 4th Avenue & F location in Anchorage for Alaskan author and Kasilof musher, Leon Mensch, new book signing. The signing begins at 1:00 pm, right after the ceremonial start of the world famous Iditarod Sled-Dog Race and before the Fur Rondy's Running of the Reindeer downtown. Leon will be bringing a picture of the real Mickey, his adopted cat, to the book signing too! Come and meet Leon and get a glimpse at Mickey, the inspiration for Me-Now, The Adventures of Mickey the Mushing Cat is the first book in a new series for children, grades 3rd to 5th.
Relevant Publishers LLC was honored to assist author Jeannette Brown in producing her debut children's picture book about service to others. Jeannette is battling early on-set Alzheimer's and a portion of proceeds from the sales of this book will be donated to the Alzheimer's Associate to help others diagnosed with this disease. Officially, the book was launched by Dyer West Press in December 2019.
Book Synopsis: In her new book, Emily Higgenbotham, The Gift, author Jeannette Brown shares her legacy of a life of service to others where she learned the most valuable gift we can offer is our love, time, and attention. Emily Higgenbotham is a very little girl with lots of friends. Emily spends time with one of her friends daily. One day, she decides she wants to give a very important gift to her friends. But being so small she wonders how she can really make a difference or give them the right gift. What special thing can she do so they know how she feels? With her mother's help, Emily learns the most important gift she can give is of herself. Emily learns SHE is the gift her friends needed most.
Here's a sneak peek at some of the illustrations in our new book MeNow: The Adventures of Mickey the Mushing Cat, book 1 from Leon Mensch. Releasing February 2020 just in time for the Iditarod!
Dealing with the topic of sexual consent, many romance books have "no's" that imply "yes" or scenes where a forceful man "makes" a woman change her mind. But with so many woman today standing up to demand consent, Jasmine Guillory has a new take on romance writing in her latest book, The Proposal. The Atlantic periodical has much to say on the topic of consent and romance writing. You can read their full length article here.
Marianne has two grown twin children. Her interests outside of the Bible are many including, dancing, painting, judo and ping pong. In addition to writing and researching the scriptures, she also loves animals and nature and works on a private horse farm.
Relevant author, Sharon Aubrey, has received her first 5 star book review rating from the Christian website Interviews & Reviews from reviewer Hanna Olson. Ms. Olson writes:
"Sharon Aubrey's, Redemption's Secret: Understanding the Mystery of Nisan 17, The Most Important Date in History is full of intrigue and biblical history that many of us tend to overlook. She breaks down our Lord's calendar and discusses important historic events that all occurred on Nisan 17 and what that means for us today.
I found this book an exciting and a fast-paced read. I enjoyed the ease in which this story flows and its meaningful content. Ms. Aubrey has successfully tackled a potentially confusing subject and explains it in an easily understandable way. Not only does this work explain the significance of Nisan 17 but it also touches on the Hebrew language, numbers, and word meanings, all of which I find fascinating.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the Bible or in the way God reveals His ways to us. This makes for a great Bible study and introduction into God's calendar. I'm looking forward to more from this author."
If you're a new author with a really good first book, you might be wondering why your title isn't selling as many copies as you like. Well, the fact is your book is competing against hundreds of thousands of other new books. In every genre, a new book is like a single starfish in a great big ocean of competition. No matter how good your content or how awesome your illustrations, getting your book the attention it deserves is part of the struggle all authors face. Realistically, while the publisher is probably doing the best they can to market your book, no one knows your book or believes in your book with the passion you do. There are many ways authors can empower their books' success.
Amazon is the largest e-commerce book seller on the planet, with almost 90 million visitors per month. That's way you need to take advantage of the FREE page they offer to all authors. Author Central allows authors to upload photos, link their titles, provide a bio for fans to read, and even connect your blog. It's a great free marketing tool that every author should be using to connect with readers.
Goodreads is one of the leading book review websites with over 65 million registered users. That's 65 million readers looking for new books! The Goodreads Author Program is similar to the Amazon Author's Central page in that it is free for authors to sign in and create a unique page. They also allow authors to upload images, bios, and link their blogs. Again, you can never have to many free marketing opportunities to promote your books.
Tagging your books is an obvious way to promote your titles, but it's also the most commonly overlooked social media concept. Tags are essentially keywords that are used to promote your book. Think of keywords that apply to your book and insert them into the metadata on your website. Look up keywords that are trending to find if any of the top keywords apply to your book. Also when you post to social media accounts consider using hashtags that will attract visitors to your name and book titles. Ask your family and friends to promote your books using your hashtags too, and don't forget to add your tagline and website/blog site to the bottom of all your emails.
Build and keep your author webpage or blog active. While this item is usually already operating for most authors, it cannot be stated enough that authors need to be self-promoting via their own website, blog, or other social media pages where fans can connect and follow your writings. Blogs need to be relatively active, providing new material each week or month for fans to stay connected and remember your name. Blogs don't have to be entirely new material either. They can include backstory material, character details or attributes that are more elaborate than in your books, personal or fun stories from your life. Anything that can positively engage conversation should be explored. If you don't have an author page where you are actively contributing, don't expect much of a fan base to follow your books.
Connect with Customer Communities is the most obvious route to sales. Essentially, Goodreads.com is a customer community, but it's not the only community you can connect with at a low cost. Consider joining online book clubs in your genre where you can interact in discussions with readers. Connect with readers by hosting book signings or book readings locally in coffee shops, book stores, and even local markets or fairs. If you are a children's writer, consider donating some of your time to reading at local libraries where you can read to the preschool children that come in on a weekly basis to the library, or maybe arrange with the library to attend one of the older children activities or book reading competitions held each summer.
The BBC news reported this week that Christopher Tolkien, age 93, has stated JRR Tolkien's latest release, The Fall of Gondolin, is scheduled for August 2018. Christopher has continued his father's legacy by editing and compiling his father's works for publication. The only two books that were ever published during JRR Tolkien's lifetime were The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. JRR Tolkien died in 1973. Since his death, his son has been editing and releasing his other manuscripts.
The Fall of Gondolin is the second book to have been released by Christopher Tolkien within the last few years. It is the story of the elven city, Gondolin. The tale reveals the devastation of the city from Morgoth's army. This Middle Earth story was the first story in Tolkien's entire Middle Earth series and provides the backstory of events before The Lord of the Rings. The Fall of Gondolin is believed to have been written by Tolkien in 1917 while recovering from World War 1.
Tolkien fans consider the new release the "Holy Grail" of three stories. The other two books were released about two years ago include The Children of Hurin and Beren and Luthien. If you are a Tolkien fan, mark your calendars for August 2018's new release.
Released today, Redemption's Secret: Understanding the Mystery of Nisan 17 the Most Important Date in History is Sharon Aubrey's second book Christian, nonfiction book.
Martha Amore is currently a professor at the University of Alaska, Anchorage where she teaches English. Her latest release: In the Quiet Season & Other Stories explores the human landscape of Alaska. While the stories take place in modern-day towns, each is laced with a timelessness that comes from their roots in ageless issues: broken trust and heartbreak, hope and rebirth.
The expansive Alaska landscape infuses the stories with a unique chill, as tears freeze on eyelashes and mountain ranges form the backdrop for breakups. Although the people in Amore’s stories know how to survive Alaska’s cold terrain, these characters stumble when trying to navigate through their own lives and lost dreams.
“The characters in Amore's debut collection, In the Quiet Season and Other Stories, grapple with issues of trust and love—and sometimes in direct opposition to the expectations of the people in their lives. At their best, these wise and engaging stories radiate a surprising and redemptive light.”
Ron Spatz, editor of Alaska Quarterly Review
Coming March 17, 2018
Sharon Aubrey releases her second book: Redemption's Secret in March 2018.
Aside from the creation of Adam and Eve, no other date in history has influenced humanity like Nisan 17. The Old and New Testaments have much to say about this mysterious date in history. Six pivotal events occurred on Nisan 17 in the Bible. The last one changed eternity.
Redemption’s Secret reveals the powerful meaning behind the number seventeen hidden within the Hebrew letters’ pictographs. It also reveals why God has repeatedly used this specific number to triumph over the enemy.
Connecting events from Genesis to the New Testament, Ms. Aubrey tells the story of the secret of redemption revealed on Nisan 17 and what this revelation has to do with your future.
Today's Alaska author is our very own neighbor currently living in Sutton, Alaska Ms. Ingrid D. Shaginoff. Ms. Shaginoff's new book Chickaloon Wild is a memoir of an Athabascan family from the Chickaloon Village. The memoirs are from her husband's parents, Johnny and Mary Shaginoff. They were a very dynamic couple and some of the few elders in the 1990's remaining who spoke the original Athna language fluently, having grown up before the "white man" traveled the Talkkeetna Mountains. The Athna language is used in the book with a Athabascan-English translation list located in an index at the back, based on Dr. James A. Kari's work. Johnny Shaginoff was one of the elders Dr. Kari worked with to create the first Athna written language dictionary for the University of Alaska, Fairbanks' Alaska Native Language Center in 1990. Mrs. Shaginoff's use of Athna language in her book brings authentication to the conversations. The Shaginoff family's adventures in life are very interesting and will captivate readers who desire to know Alaska from an original history point of view. The Shaginoffs were some of the first guides assisting the US Army and US Geological Survey employees exploring the new frontier of Alaska from Anchorage to Copper Center along the Chickaloon-Knik-Nelchina Trail System. They lived wild before land claims, then in accordance with homesteading rules homesteaded at mile 89 of the Glenn Highway along the Purinton Creek Trail, part of the Chickaloon-Knik-Nelchina trail system. Later they lived in old Chickaloon, and eventually the family settled in Sutton, where Mrs. Shaginoff currently resides.
Book Synoposis: Chickaloon Wild
Imagine living deep in the Alaska wilderness where survival depends on your ability to hunt, fish, and gather. A place where as far as you can see is dense forest, rivers and sparkling lakes, set against a backdrop of majestic, snow covered mountains where the only sounds are those of nature; the caw of a raven, the lonesome howl of a wolf, or the sharp cry of the loon. In this place education means pulling the brush up around your snare to prevent the rabbit from going around it, or knowing to remove the scent glands from the beaver before you roast it. It means recognizing and following a track through thick brush. This is the ways of their Athabascan ancestors and the only way the Shaginoff family knew. With the Colonists moving into the Matanuska Valley as part of the New Deal their world is about to change forever.
Shadowing Dizzy Gillespie by David G. Brown is today's Alaskan author spotlight. In celebration of Dizzy Gillespie’s 100th birthday, author David G. Brown (Deacon’s Crossbow) shares his intimate experiences and memoirs of this humanitarian, innovator, and magical musician. After a chance meeting in Georgetown, 1985, Brown had the opportunity to spend countless hours with Dizzy at performances, testimonials, all-night card-playing sessions, hotels, restaurants, and street corners. Mr. Brown said, “Without question, the most remarkable man I have ever met. We shared tears and gut-busting laughs that are etched in my mind forever.
God bless John Birks ‘Dizzy’ Gillespie, who, by the way, wasn’t dizzy at all.” Along with a book-load of anecdotes, there are select and unique photos spread throughout the pages of this memoir on one of Jazz's most famous musicians.
About the Author: David G. Brown grew up and worked in Woonsocket, RI. He is the father of two sons, has two grandchildren, and lives with his significant better half, Maureen Hanlon. An avid reader and writer, he credits the Creative Writing program at Cuesta College (CA) and the Alaska Writers Guild for advancing his writing career. Mr. Brown freelanced for The Woonsocket Call, Castro Valley Forum (CA), and Edible East Bay (CA). He is the author of a true crime book, Deacon’s Crossbow, and his current writing project is an historical novel, Return of the Free Faller. Extra curricular activities include disliking "politricks," sports (especially fishing), music, creative writing workshops, and spending as much time as possible with his dog, Kaya. He now resides in Anchorage, AK.
Mimsy's finally here!
Today is the Official Release of Mimsy Mouse, book 1
written by Linda N. Walz, illustrated by Stephan Linton.
Mimsy Mouse Searches for a New Home is a new children’s picture book helping children deal with the loss of a home due to unforeseen circumstances. The story begins when Mimsy Mouse suddenly loses her house to natural disaster when Farmer Brown’s water trough breaks and floods her home. Mimsy experiences the sadness and fear of losing all her personal belongings. Encouraged by her friends, she goes on an adventure to find a new place to live. Mimsy explores her worst fears through her imagination while searching for potential new homes. Overcoming real and imagined obstacles, Mimsy discovers a new place to live and learns the wonderful lessons of friendship and love from your family and friends make a house, a home.
This children’s picture book target audience ranges from preschool to age 7. Mimsy can help younger children journey through their emotions after a flood or other natural disaster strikes their home by relating to the title character's experiences. Mimsy Mouse Searches for a New Home also encourages children to look beyond their current situation and gives them hope of a better future. The story has the feeling of reading like a classic story, well beyond the basic children’s picture book.
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