Secrets Now live on Amazon

The new book “Secrets” in the Shifting Sands Short Storie series is now live on Amazon in both formats: paperback and kindle. I am still looking for reviewers. Pm me on Facebook messenger for pdfs.

Author’s Events

More to be announced

July 5-6 Lakeshore Art Festival in Muskegon, 10 am ti 6 p.m.

July 9, WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin 10: 15 a.m.

July 10, ACVN Podcast, call in questions at 1-213-943-3755

July 13 LowellArts, Lowell, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

July 19 Ludington, Books Alive, 6 pm until dark

July 28 Grand Traverse Mall, 12 pm to 6 pm

Aug. 10 Lowell Arts, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Aug. 16, 17 &18 Paradise, MI 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sept. 14 Fallasburg Village Bazaar 1 to 4 p.m.

Oct. 6, Belrockton, Belding  1 to 4 p.m.

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Belding Museum at Historic Belrockton

“Keep your head in the clouds and your hands on the keyboard.”
Marissa Meyer

Back to the keyboard

By Emma Palova

Lowell, MI- I am back behind the computer after a summer filled with author’s gigs, book marketing, anniversary parties and granddaughter Ella’s departure for Fixin, France.

The fall solstice weather is also much more conducive to being tied to the chair without any distractions; that includes minimum social media and Internet browsing only for research purposes and logging in daily word count on the NaNoWriMo website at https://www.nanowrimo.org/

Emma’s book signing during Fallasburg Village Bazaar at the one-room schoolhouse.

However, I have one more big author event to go to before I embark on my second National Novel Writing Month 50k challenge starting on Nov. 1 with prep work in October.

Belrockton Dormitory , home of the Belding Museum

107 Hanover St. Belding, Oct. 6, 2019 1 pm – 4 pm

I am especially looking forward to this book signing of “Shifting Sands: Secrets” inside the original dormitory that housed the silk city girls when Belding was known as the” Silk City of the World.”

The making of “Silk Nora”

The long short story “Silk Nora” is the main story in book 2 in the Shifting Sands Short Stories series. By genre, it belongs to the historical fiction/historical romance catefories. So a good way to search for the book online is by using the keywords #historical fiction #historical romance. In physical bookstores, the book can be found in the fiction category.

The story digs deep into the history of the silk city girls’ dormitory “Belrockton” in Belding at the turn-of-the-century.

The Classical Revival-inspired building was erected in 1906 at a cost of $30,000 . It provided accommodations for 100 single female workers and staff. It was better known as the “Bel” and it is the last dormitory left from the three buildings. Much like the Richardson Mill is the last structure left from the three silk mills in Belding.

As a reporter for the Ionia Sentinel-Standard in the early 2000s, I visited the museum on multiple occassions. But, it wasn’t until two years ago, when I spotted a picture of a woman in a hat during the museum’s fashion hat display in the fall of 2017. She was very elegant and beautiful with a nostalgic look on her face.

That woman in a hat served as a model for creating the main character Nora in the historical fiction story “Silk Nora,” which is the main story in the new book “Shifting Sands: Secrets.”

I also explored extensively the interior of the dormitory including the girls’ rooms. There was another picture in an oval frame. This was a photo of Mathilda Adrian, who lived in the dormitory. Right next to the oval photo was her marriage certificate to John Mahar dated April 1917. And a double love story was born.

This discovery inspired the character of Mathilda, who became Nora’s best friend. So, at this point I had the main characters, and then I added Doris, the matron and the men into the story. All the characters are woven into Belding’s history of the silk industry started by the Belding Brothers in 1860 by selling silk from house to house.

Creativity of Belrockton staff

The creativity of the Belrockton Museum staff, Jane Forth, Barb Fagerlin, Jan Mehney along with others inspired my own creativity.

T he creative displays at the museum from Hotel Belding such as the receptionist’s desk helped me recreate the scenes of social life at the hotel.

The displays of girls’ rooms complete with mannequins, the movie theater, grocery store, fueled my imagination.

When I discovered the optical illusion picture of the “Face of Gossip” at the dormitory bathrooms, I was totally flabbergasted by the chain of coincidences that made the individual pieces fit into a complete story.

To be continued

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Shop Fallasburg village bazaar

Emma’s Book Signing this weekend at the Fallasburg village bazaar inside the beautiful one-room schoolhouse. Stop by for an autograph.

Fallasburg Today

Find your treasure this weekend among the 30 vendors at the Fallasburg village bazaar this weekend on Sept. 14 & Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Directions from Lincoln Lake Rd coming from Lowell

Take a right onto Fallasburg Park Rd, once you come to the Kent County Fallasburg Park sign hang a right onto the Covered Bridge Rd. Cross the Covered Bridge into the village to shop more artists.

Directions  from McPherson Bridge fork

Take a right on McPherson, cross the concrete McPherson Bridge and turn right onto Covered Bridge Rd. into the Fallasburg village.

Emma’s Book Signing at the one-room schoolhouse from noon to 5 p.m. on both days.

You will be charmed by the historic ambience of the village and the historic buildings: the schoolhouse, the Tower Farm, the Misner House and the Fallass House.

Vendors

Two Hot Tamales- Food truck, Authentic Mexican Food

Whimsical…

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Remembering 9/11

18th Anniversary

On the anniversary of 9/11, I usually rerun this post in remembrance of those who lost their lives. To this day I remember exactly where I was on that dark day deeply embedded in American history.

Where were you on 9/11 in 2001?

By Emma Palova

I was reporting on the finance committee of the Ionia County Board of Commissioners that Tuesday morning.

The treasurer read a boring roll of numbers.

All of a sudden the county administrator, who was sitting behind the computer, gasped and held his breath. He turned the screen toward us.

I ran up front to look at the surrealistic picture. It was the inferno of the Twin Towers collapsing, the flames, the blaze and the billowing smoke with sunshine on top of it all.

I looked at the administrator and back at the screen trying to understand what was happening.

“We’re at war,” he repeated the words of the broadcasting station.

We all left the Ionia Courthouse building early and scared.

It was pure fear not knowing what was going on.

I can still feel my skin crawling, as I broke into cold sweat running one block down Main Street in the dead silence of the downtown.

My camera was dangling on my side. I felt like I didn’t know what I was running away from or where I was headed.

I don’t think I’ve ever had that kind of a feeling in my life. It was creepy. It was everything rolled into that one moment.

But, the art of self-preservation prevailed.

Back at the Ionia Sentinel Standard newsroom, we all watched the news coverage.

Yes, it was the beginning of hell. And no one knew when it was going to end, how and where.

To quote the next day papers:

“It was a day of infamy.”

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Insights from book tour

Insights from summer book tour 2019 July-August

By Emma Palova

Lowell, MI – Short like a summer romance, the book tour started in Muskegon with the Lakeshore Art Festival, where I officially launched my new book 2 “Secrets” from the Shifting Sands Short Stories series.

It was my first time at the festival in Muskegon, and I was impressed by its magnitude. Two busy days brought many surprises like the guy who asked me to sell my book to him in two minutes. I had the marketing pitch ready, and I did sell him the first book faster than he expected. Then came a lady with a cart who had to have a book from each Michigan author. There was only a little time left to network with other authors. Thank you Diane for buying our books.

MichiganAuthors are sweeping the shores of the Great Lakes from Lake Michigan to Lake Superior and Lake Huron in a new wave of renaissance in literature.

But I did manage to connect with authors Jules Nelson of “Shadows”, authors Andrew Smith, Jean Darla Davis and Ludington author Joan H. Young. We filled two big tents, and people did support #MichiganAuthors. The cost was $100 for two days.

Somebody asked me if my book was the original book “Shifting Sands” about a dune in Muskegon. And then better yet, my daughter Emma discovered the Pigeon Hill brewery in Muskegon with their Shifting Sands IPA.

The next gig was in my hometown of Lowell during the annual Riverwalk Festival. We were in the Riverwalk parade at noon, and in the afternoon, I was at LowellArts signing my books during Livin’ is Easy exhibit. I had a big yellow and black painting of a horse behind my back that matched my yellow dress.

Somewhere in between was The WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin and a podcast with America’s Community Voices Network with hosts Ronald & Donald Brookins. I will be reading passages from my new book “Secrets” on their podcast show.

Books Alive! In Ludington was a Downtown Development Authority (DDA) event, and it was incredibly hot. There could have been 14 authors bearing the heat. People were not buying a lot of books, more like ice cream and pop, while loading up on free stuff.

Traverse City, organized by Dan McDougall was very cool, since it was inside a mall. The traffic was good, and I made new friends with fellow Michigan authors; I also stopped at the Horizon Books in downtown Traverse City. My book is available at the bookstore now.

Then again, I joined the horse on the canvas inside LowellArts on Aug. 10.

But definitely the best event was in Paradise located in Upper Peninsula, Michigan. Paradise is a tiny village nestling on the shores of Lake Superior on Whitefish Bay. The Wild Blueberry Festival with Arts & Crafts show lasted three days. People flocked to it from all over Michigan and Canada. It’s about an hour drive from the Mackinac Bridge.

Our booth was located on a dune above the lake. Priceless. We could see Canada on the other shore. The traffic was busy all three days. I had bratwurst with wild blueberries, and a great little helper Ella, 8. She even got commission from book sales. Ella learned the marketing pitch and worked it all Saturday long.

“The main story is historical fiction from Belding, MI when it was known as the Silk City Capital of the world,” she said.

The book cover with the optical illusion of the “Face of Gossip” attracted a lot of attention. Other people were fascinated my own immigration story from former communist Czechoslovakia, when I showed than an article about my naturalization.

“You did the right way,” the lady said.

We were stationed next to Redfish Artworks booth of creative and original art, by Bill and Angela Kuhn. On second day, I knew their pitch for their arrowheads, just like they knew mine for the book.

“I am a flint knapper,” Bill would repeat 100 times a day.

We all had a blast and sold a lot of products.

“Are you coming back next year?” Bill asked.

“Yes, we loved it.”

We were only a short drive from Tahquamenon Falls surrounded by beautiful nature from all sides. There were four other authors at the festival, and people were buying books.

I would consider both Belding parades, where the main story “Silk Nora” is set as the last summer events on my tour. Both parades started by the former Ballou Basket Works Factory and proceeded through downtown with hundreds of spectators.

Labor Day weekend is known as Belding’s homecoming.

Thank you, Belding, for a great homecoming.

Watch for a post about my upcoming fall book tour.

I will be at the Fallasburg Village Bazaar on Sept. 14 and Sept. 15 from noon to 5 p.m. Come for a book and an authograph. There will be plenty of vendors to find your treasure.

Check out the Kindle Countdown deal starting on Sept. 10 through Sept. 15 on Amazon at:

https://www.amazon.com/author/emmapalova

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Greetings from Paradise

Paradise, MI- Wild Blueberry Festival

By Emma Palova

With Lake Superior in the background, surrounded by awesome vendors, flocked by tourists, blessed by good weather, the Wild Blueberry Festival in Paradise continues to rock.

Visit the festival also on Sunday.

Stay tuned for the full story marked by the beauty of the Upper Peninsula in Michigan and its great people.

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Into Paradise

Heading to Paradise in Upper Peninsula

By Emma Palova

Lowell, MI – I am getting ready for my next book stop in Paradise located in Upper Peninsula in Michigan. The tiny village nestled on Lake Superior’s Whitefish Bay annually hosts the popular Wild Blueberry Festival-Arts & Crafts Fair on Aug. 15, 16 & 17 with close to 100 vendors peddling everything from Lake Superior agate pendants to books.

My new book “Secrets” from the Shifting Sands Short Stories series is a collection of 15 short stories with the main historical fiction story “Silk Nora” set in the turn-of-the-century Belding.

One of the stories “When Layla met Corey” is set in Mackinaw City, which is a gateway to Upper Peninsula.

The book made its debut at the Lakeshore Art Festival in Muskegon in July.

An artist’s dream

Paradise, a community rich with nautical folklore, logging and Native American History attracts thousands of visitors and vendors due to close proximity to Tahquamenon Falls.

For its natural wonders and wilderness, Upper Peninsula has traditionally drawn writers, photographers and artists from all over the USA. Among the most famous authors were: Earnest Hemingway and John Voelker.

Where inspiration abounds

A recent wave of emerging Michigan authors is sweeping the shores of the Great Lakes from Lake Michigan to Lake Superior. They write from Michigan with Michigan settings and locations. They market themselves under the umbrella of Michigan Authors. Follow them on http://www.MichiganAuthors.com

This is by far, not my first visit to UP or Paradise. I have fond memories of vacationing Up North, both from years ago with our kids and most recently with our granddaughter Ella.

I love the wilderness of UP and its natural pristine beauty, as well as the spirit of the Great Lakes.

For info about the Wild Blueberry Festival in Paradise go to: http://www.WildBlueberryFestival.org

To be continued

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“Secrets” book signing @LowellArts Today

Hometown book signing

Lowell, MI – Stop by today for an autographed copy of my brand new book “Secrets” from the Shifting Sands Short Stories collections. I will be at the LowellArts gallery from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. during the Livin’ is Easy exhibit.

I will be sharing insights from the publishing industry and from my own publishing journey. See you there.

Check out the article in Aug. 4th Buyer’s Guide “Taking the book on the road to connect with readers.”

Also watch for my posts from my book tour with the next event in Paradise, MI during the Wild Blueberry Festival on Aug. 16,17 & 18.

Check out other Michigan authors on http://www.MichiganAuthors.com

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“Secrets” book signing @LowellArts

I am looking forward to my hometown book signing of “Secrets” from the Shifting Sands Short Stories series at the LowellArts gallery on Aug. 10 from 2pm to 4pm during the Livin’ is Easy exhibit.

Stop by for an autograph and for publishing insights. Also check out the story ” Taking the book on the road to connect with readers” about my tour in the Aug. 4 Buyer’s Guide.

The new book is a collection of 15 short stories with the main historical fiction story “Silk Nora” set in Belding, Michigan on the backdrop of the turn-of-the century era of inventions.

Other stories are based on Palova’s years of journalistic experience.

Together with other Michigan authors, Palova stands on the busy streets of hometowns manning her booth or tent, in the malls, at fairs or at art centers.

Locally, the book is available at the Springrove Variety in Lowell. It is on Amazon in both formats: paperback and kindle. It will be at the libraries of KDL, Schuler’s Books, Michigan News Agency and more. It is also at Horizon Books in Traverse City.

Follow Emma’s publishing journey also on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/author/emmapalova

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Michigan Authors at Grand Traverse Mall

Festival of Pop-Culture attracts book lovers

By Emma Palova
Traverse City, MI – It was a memorable Sunday afternoon in one of the busiest small towns in the Midwest. “I love mall events,” said a local customer. “We came here for the books. We’re all readers.” The Grand Traverse Mall event was organized by Dan McDougall of Bookbrokers & Kramer’s Cafe. “This is the event that everyone will be talking about afterwards,” said McDougall. “T his one’s a keeper! ”
The event was complete with bagpipers, storytellers and a superhero. Michigan authors represented all genres. Pictured below Ludington author Joan H. Young with Ella Konecny from Big Rapids. “I support Michigan authors,” Konecny said. Below is a list of participating authors. Follow them on their publishing journeys around Michigan. Angela Crandall, Terry Swejkoski, Dan Dinsmore, Joan H. Young, Mikel B Classen, Dick Ault,  Richard Alan Hal l ,Bob Downes, Tom Carr, Chris Miller, Sylvia Hubbard-Hutula ,Jackie Burr Hanson , Christy Bigalke Vadeboncoeur, Jash Lardie, Deborah A Wolf ,Abagail K Courtney, Kim SchneiderCari NogaRenee CarlisleKristen Hains, Michelle Vidergar White ,Steve Hamilton, Michael Dow, Jennifer Michalak Reizen, Michelle Reichert, Ruth Blick, Melissa Scott, P J Parrish,  Doug W. Stanton, Lindsi Summers, Julie Gamelin, Andy Marek, Katie Louisa Wyskochil, Kelli Sanderson, Lisa K Peoples, James Jackson, Annie Clark, Anne Gertiser Stanton, Anne Hawley, Kate,  Tanya Anne Crosby, Jim Hawley, Dennis Palmer, Marina Nieman Call, Meredith Smith, Tiffany Skowronski, Jenny Sharp Emma Palova,  Randy Pearson https://www.facebook.com/RandyDPearson and Darla Jean Davis facebook.com/darlajdavis Present were also other crafty people like charcoal on wood artist Duff Lueder and many more. The bustling town of Traverse City is currently  hosting the TCFF 2019 film festival. McDougall supports Michigan authors by selling their books on consignment at Bookbrokers & Kramer’s Cafe. I enjoyed some author networking time with a writers’ group from the Upper Peninsula represented by managing editor Mikel B. Classen. “We don’t leave anyone out,” he said about the U.P. Reader magazine. I dropped off my new book “Secrets” from the Shifting Sands Short Stories series at the local bookstore Horizon Books on Front Street  in downtown. “We carry Michigan authors,” said owner Amy Reynolds. For more info on Michigan authors go to http://michiganauthors.com/ Copyright (c) 2019. Emma Blogs, LLC. All rights reserved.

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