A Redo On A Backlist Book

I have been reading that one way to boost sales of a backlist book is to change the cover and work on a new blurb. Ratham Creek has been lagging in sales and new reviews so I am following the advice and we’ll see if the people in the know are right. Here is a peek at the new look with the help of Karri Klawiter, my cover designer and writer friends, Deb and Ann, who are always willing to edit and proof my many typos and awkward sentences.

 

New Cover

 

 

Ratham Creek, a woman-in-jeopardy thriller

Arianne Hollis figures tossing a rose in her husband’s grave is the worst of all endings. Then reality sets in when she is forced to sell their home and used up her savings to clear his debts. To escape and come to terms with her future, she moves into an isolated cabin along Ratham Creek. In the quiet Montana setting and with a new job in the nearby small town, Arianne begins to recover. She meets Ross Ferrell, a handsome lonely member of the clannish mountain people. He slowly wins her love, but a deadly family feud erupts among rival groups living along the creek. Arianne can’t understand the violence that runs deep in Ross and his family. He cannot abandon them. Then Arianne becomes a target. Can she avoid the same vengeance that’s corrupting the clan? Can she save him and their relationship?

 

AN AUTUMN LOVE AFFAIR

fall-on-the-flathead-river-polebridge-montana[3]by Nan McKenzie

I love the fall, everything about it. My huge golden tree in front of the house, the smaller dark red maple next to it, the fat bushes in front of the porch that turn red to welcome cold weather. Summer is difficult for me, ‘cause I don’t do well in the heat, so when the nights and mornings are cooler, and a brisk walk in the early morning brings the sun up and turns my cheeks red, life is very good.

Sometimes there is snow dusting the tops of the mountains all around, and bears wander closer to town, looking for food to tide them over the winter. The cold mornings bring a promise of something new, something exciting that’s about to happen (not just snow, something else). I have more energy, sleep better, get more things done around the house.

Writing on my latest novels seems more effortless, with a little excitement that the coming finish brings. I look forward to the winter, the snow, the smell of new snow in the air, my boots crunching along. The studded tires sing of possibilities, talking to me from the bottom of my van.

My oldest great-granddaughter’s name is Autumn Mist, perfect for her, a lovely dark redhead, hazel eyes, getting taller by the minute. Both my kids were born in September, and I’ve always told them that my best gift to them was being smart enough to have them born in September, just a year and three weeks apart.

Gotta’ go take a walk in the cool afternoon now, a gift to myself.

Nan McKenzie, Autumn, September 21, 2016

JULY BOOK NEWS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July in Northwest Montana means Going to the Sun

LESLIE BUDEWITZ: Delighted to say that my Seattle Spice Shop Mysteries are now available in audio book! ASSAULT & PEPPER, Book 1, and GUILTY AS CINNAMON, Book 2, released from Tantor Audio on CD and MP3 downloads. The large print version of GUILTY AS CINNAMON will release in August. The third in the series, KILLING THYME, will release October 4 in paperback, ebook, and audio, with the large print version available later in the year.

I’ve also just completed a short story in the Food Lovers’ Village mystery series to keep readers abreast of the goings-on in Jewel Bay and the adventures of Erin, Wendy, and their families while waiting for the next book in the series. CARRIED TO THE GRAVE, the short story, will be available in August from Amazon, or as a free download to my newsletter subscribers. Make sure you’re signed up through my website!

June Book News

 

Every June in Glacier National Park snowplows work to clear
Going to the Sun Road
for the thousands of visitors who drive it each summer.

 

 

CHOCOLATE, WINE & A GOOD BOOK” BOOKFEST

GROUSE MT. LODGE 

Saturday, JUNE 4, 2016, 5 – 9 p.m.

Whitefish Library Association, in cooperation with the Whitefish Community Foundation, is sponsoring a Festival of the Book: “Chocolate, Wine, and a Good Book”. On Saturday, June 4, 2016 at Grouse Mountain Lodge in Whitefish, Montana, from 5 to 9 pm there will be yummy refreshments, sparkling beverages, decadent chocolate, and opportunities to meet authors and purchase their new books. The first annual “IN THE SPIRIT OF DOROTHY JOHNSON AWARD” will be given to Carol Buchanan. There is no charge to authors or children. All others will be asked to contribute $10.

Our authors Betty Kuffel, Phyllis Quatman, Karen Cunningham, Ina Albert and Marie F. Martin will be there signing their books.

Come join us for a fun evening.

 

 

Marie F. Martin’s book news:

Bad Rock Books bought six autographed paperback copies of her novels to stock in their unique used book store on Nucleus Ave in Columbia Falls, MT.  Besides shelf after shelf of used books, owner Carol Rocks also stocks local Montana authors’ work. She took a few picture of the quaint used book store.

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Cosy nook

Lots and lots of books and a cat.

Lots and lots of books and a cat.

Marie also attended Montana Women Writers meeting on learning how to write a better author’s bio. She wrote this one and it is now posted on her Amazon page.

Marie F. Martin is the author of an intense vow in MATERAL HARBOR, surprising twists of a family’s past in HARBORED SECRETS, a grizzly attack and lover’s spat in RATHAM CREEK. Together her three thriller, mystery, or suspense novels have over 420,000 Kindle downloads and 613 five star reviews.

Marie lives in a fertile valley at the base of the Rocky Mountains. She enjoys a quiet life where laughter comes easy, love easier. She invites you to join in her rich, rural memories on her website where she has posted a memoir of her early childhood and raising her own family of four children.

This inspired her to update her header photo on both twitter and her Facebook author’s page.

New Book Header

New Book Header

She will be having a free promotion to download Maternal Harbor on June 19 &20, 2016

Also the ongoing title of her new novel is now DON’T MESS WITH MRS. SEDGEWICK. The manuscript in now in the hands of a couple of beta readers.

Marie F Martin

 

 

 

Nancy Rose visited Our Meeting

Poet Nancy Rose visited the February meeting of Montana Women Writers and read three of her poems to our gathering. I enjoyed her haunting cadence and choice of words so much I asked Nancy if I could share one of her poems on  our blog.  She kindly agreed. but then I had a terrible dilemma. Oh my, which one do I choose? I opened her book and began  reading.  This is the one I finally chose after a nice time in a comfy chair dwelling on her words.

Night Music
Hey, firelight music
Your playful beat says get up and dance
Move my body so freely
Every creak and groan is gone
Drum vibrations moving through me
Taking me out of my body
Into a wide night sky.

I’ve been wanting all summer
To climb into the Big Dipper
And swim all night in the star pool
Backstroking with the northern lights
Dancing overhead

I would come back
Resplendent in moonlight
Breathing deeply
Trailing stars
Oh, yes

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This is the start of her author blurb on the back cover. Nancy Rose is a rare flower of the Kentucky hills.

Nancy now makes Montana her home. Her website is www.NancyRoseMT.com

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At our meeting we also had Constance See give us a talk about how to pose for pictures.  This is some of Montana Women Writers outside practicing.

Montana women Writers