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Emma Palova, born in Czech Republic, is an author, a writer, a screenwriter, a journalist, a photographer, a designer and the founder of Emma Blogs, LLC, based in Lowell, Michigan. Currently, she is working on her memoir "Greenwich Meridian" which she intends to turn into a screenplay. Palova started her blog EW Emma's Writings at http://emmaplova.com in support of the publication of her memoir in January, 2013. The blog has grown into a passion and a company that designs blogs for other people under the umbrella of Emma Blogs. Palova is a prolific online publisher open to new ideas and to new horizons. A natural innovator, Palova loves to create progressive brands into the future. Check out her inspirational post "Desert epiphany" and the authors page on About_me and on Facebook. I am looking forward to seeing you around the greater Grand Rapids area and on my blog. I am seeking an agent or a publisher for the memoir that I intend to publish for my mom Ella's 80 birthday on Aug. 23. I celebrated my fourth anniversary on the WordPress publishing platform on Jan. 15th, 2017 with more than 1,000 followers and 500 plus posts. Love always, Emma

Czech Name Days

April brings fun with new adventures

By Emma Palova

Lowell, MI – I am still fascinated with the Czech name days. The  Czech calendar attributes a name to each day year round. This originates in the saints’ names, and it was later expanded as the secular selection of names grew.

I’ve always wondered why the greeting card making companies like Hallmark never used this name opportunity to expand their portfolio. Now, they have their TV channel, so as the French say; It’s passe compose.

The Czechs and many other European countries kept this age-old tradition of celebrating name days on certain dates of the year. For example today-April 8- is Emma’s name day.

It’s sort of like the celebration of St. Pat’s Day on March 17 in Ireland and in the USA. Some name days are the basis for festivals like St. Mary’s in September. Others are totally obscure except for those who carry that particular name.

Since Joseph is such a popular name in Czech, March 19 is a big celebration of that name in the old country. It used to be in villages, that every other man was named Joseph.

After 30 years of living in the USA, I have trouble getting current Czech calendars. However, the big advantage is that the names always fall on the same dates, no matter what year.

April is an interesting month in Czech Republic overall with early blossoms and spring traditions. It’s even more interesting here in the USA with the upcoming outdoors events, that won’t hopefully get cancelled.

I am looking forward to all my new adventures like the podcast show “For the love of books” with Indie and small press authors, as well as my new involvement with the Czechoslovak Landmarks Society or landmarkstrust.org.

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Watch for the podcast with authors Jean Davis and Andrew Smith.

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Podcast Indie Authors

By Emma Palova

Lowell, MI – I am really excited about the podcast show “For the love of books” on major podcasting channels. So far, we’ve discussed the Indie and the COVID author experiences, marketing and tips for new and not so new authors. I like to have a mix of authors representing all genres.

I also ask everyone what sets them apart from other authors other than the genres. I know it sounds more like a question for political candidates. That’s because I interviewed so many of them. It’s interesting what kind of responses I get.

Authors are very interesting to interview because of their insights and knowledge gained through writing.

The other popular question is: “What have you learned about yourself while writing your books?”

Pictured below left to right from top to bottom: upcoming authors Jean Davis, Andrew Smith, Randy Pearson, Joan Young and previous authors Luba Lesychyn and Diana Plopa.

The following authors are coming up: Darla Jean Davis, Andrew Smith, Randy Pearson, Joan H. Young, Marianne Wieland, Colleen Nye, Gene Wilburn, Angela Verges, Donald Levin, Juli Sisung, Deborah Reed, Scott Rutherford, Xander Cross and many more. The show is on major podcasting channels. Subscribe today. Listen in to Diana Kathryn Wolfe-Plopa and Luba Lesychyn on

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/for-the-love-of-books/id1559434959

Share with your friends. I am also looking for sponsors/advertisers for the show. If you know of anyone pm me or email me at emmapalova@yahoo.com

This podcast show is made partly possible by the generosity of Doc Chavent and her support of the arts.

Airport art.

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Check the Indie author line up “For the love of books” podcast

Listen in on Wednesdays on you favorite podcasting app.

Following are the Indie and small press authors coming up: Darla Jean Davis, Andrew Smith, Randy Pearson, Joan Young, Ingar Rudholm, Marianne Wieland, Colleen Nye, Gene Wilburn, Angela Verges, Donald Levin, Juli Sisung, Valeriu dg Barbu, Scott Rutherford, Deborah D.A. Reed and many more.

Two authors coming up on March 31 and April 8 are Darla Jean Davis and Andrew Allen Smith.

Sign up below and check the Facebook podcast event page at

Podcast sign up form

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D49A4AF22A1FECE9-forthe

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Women’s History Month

For the love of books- Sacred Texts

March is Women’s History Month, as we welcome spring. Join us to celebrate with these exceptional women making a difference in the world of writing.

Indie author advocate Diana Kathryn-Wolfe Plopa inspires

Diana Kathryn-Wolfe Plopa

“I believe that what you write is Sacred Text. I see it as my calling to ascribe reverence to your written word through the respect of our friendship; and in so doing, support a legacy that will last generations.”

Diana Plopa

Lowell, MI – I started the podcast “For the love of books” inspired by Indie author advocate, Diana Kathryn Wolfe- Plopa. I originally planned a blog post for my series “Inspiring Women” geared toward the International Women’s Day. Well, that has branched out into a venture of its own “March Escapades into Podcasting” and eventually into a full podcast dedicated to Indie, small press authors and beyond.

Plopa, a prolific writer, has penned nine books in nine different genres. She supports Indie authors through her Pages Promotions virtual events and much more started during the COVID-19 pandemic in the summer of 2020.

During her most recent winter virtual festival “Blind Date with a Book,” I met more amazing authors, whom I invited to this podcast.

iHeartRadio podcast with Emma Palova & Diana Plopa

Canadian author Luba Lesychyn takes us behind the scenes of the Royal Ontario Museum

Luba Lesychyn is a mystery writer who has drawn from her more than 20 years experiences working at Canada’s largest museum, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, to write her two humorous international art theft novels featuring capricious museum employee and reluctant sleuth Kalena Boyko.

Her journey to writing Theft By Chocolate and Theft Between the Rains initially stemmed from a love of film and she has published both traditionally and independently. From travelling to Southern Italy to find a publisher to quickly pivoting and launching into engaging virtual readings with libraries during the pandemic, Luba learned early to adapt to the rapidly changing world of publishing and book marketing and to share her fresh stories, quirky characters, and the enigmatic behind-the-scenes world of museums with readers.

No in person events.

Apple Podcast with Emma Palova & Luba Lesychyn

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/mystery-author-luba-lesychyn-takes-us-behind-scenes/id1559434959?i=1000514209184

Author Jean Davis

I met Jean Davis in downtown Muskegon as the organizer of the Authors’ Tent at the Lakeshore Art Festival (LAF) in the summer of 2019.

In person events:

This year the festival will be held on June 26 & 27.

Jean Davis writes science fiction and fantasy from the comfort of her magical writing chair in West Michigan. When taking a break from fictional people, she spends time with her musical husband, a small flock of ducks and chickens, and two attention-craving terriers. Occasionally, she ventures outside to play in her flower garden, visit the local breweries, and eat gluttonous amounts of sushi.

She is the author of eight books, including a space opera series, The Narvan, two short story collections, and three standalone novels. While everything was canceled over the past year, she finished several books that had been languishing on her hard drive. Not Another Bard’s Tale, a humorous fantasy novel will be out this spring and the last two books in her space opera series are slated for a fall release.

Listen to Jean Davis speak about her writing craft next Wednesday, March 31 on your favorite podcasting platform.

Event invite link on Facebook

https://fb.me/e/1AO0hPbGe

If you would like to be a featured guest on the podcast or a sponsor of “For the love of books” contact Emma in the comment section below or email Emma at emmapalova@yahoo.com

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For the love of books

Happy St. Pat’s Day

By Emma Palova

Lowell, MI – Check out the first episode of “For the love of books” podcast with Indie author and advocate Diana Plopa. Plopa is a prolific author who has penned nine books in nine different genres; currently she’s working on four more genres. And she doesn’t get them mixed up.

She is a staunch supporter of other Indie authors, and her main goal as the founder of Pages Promotions, LLC is to connect readers with authors in a changed world following COVID-19.

Our next featured guest will be Canadian author Luba Lesychyn. Submit your questions for Luba via the comment section or the Facebook messenger.

If you would like to be on the podcast show as a featured guest contact me in the comment section or on the Facebook messenger. If you would like to be a sponsor of the podcast show, email Emma at emmapalova@yahoo.com.

You will support a brave group of pioneer authors who are navigating the sometimes treacherous waters of self-publishing with small marketing budgets for their books. They share a special camaraderie through their common venture of getting their word out.

Your business/organization will get exposure on all the podcasting platforms and on YouTube.

Here are the links to both the video and the podcast:

For the love of books podcast video.
The podcast.

About the featured photo: A masked moose in an Irish community in Cannonsburg, Michigan. BTW, the Honey Creek Inn served up an excellent Irish stew made from lamb on Tuesday.

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Podcast guests and sponsors

If you would like to be featured as a guest on the new podcast show “For the love of books” which runs every Wednesday at 7 p.m. on your favorite podcasting platform, contact me by commenting in the box below or pm me on Facebook or other social media.

We each have a story to tell, and I’d love to hear yours. The focus of the show for now is on Indie and small press authors aka authorpreneurs, however that will be expanded into all adventurers on this trek of life.

You can also become a sponsor of the show.

Podcast sign-up form

You can sign up for the show by clicking on the link below.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D49A4AF22A1FECE9-forthe

Podcast with Canadian author Luba Lesychyn

Starting March 17 at 7 p.m. with Indie and small press authors.

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For the Love of Books Podcast

I decided to venture into podcasting after being intervied by podcast hosts in the fall when my new book “Greenwich Meridian Memoir” came out. Podcasts are fun and the insights gained from authors are enriching much like their books.

I’ve met so many cool authors on my book gigs and the camaraderie is truly amazing. Forget about competition between Indie authors. We help promote each other as much as we can. Some authors feature other authors on their blogs and in the pre-covid era they helped organize authors’ events. We bond well together and buy each others books.

We’ve just finished the Winter Virtual Book Festival which was a blast hosted by author Diana Plopa and a Summer Virtual Book Festival will happen in June.

The goal is to promote each other’s work, as well as our own. As any author can tell you, the hardest part of the publishing process is marketing of the books due to the enourmous quantity of everything on the market.

Self-publishing has become somewhat easier even though I can’t say it’s easy. On my author’s gigs, people ask me all sorts of questions; from how long does it take to write a book to editing.

A fun question is about the book covers. The best answer is to hire a graphic artist whose work you know. I did the covers to my first two books by myself. The second cover to “Secrets”stirred some commotion as it is an optical illussion and people saw different things in it. The title of the photo is “The Face of Gossip.” So you can imagine the reaction.

The purpose of this podcast it to introduce the authors and their work with a little twist about their life. People do ask questions about our lives. None of us has struck a pot of gold, at least not yet. Many authors hold full-time jobs, and write at night.

I am a morning writer, so I must write in the morning. How did I fit in writing when I was a full-time reporter? Not so great, but I still wrote before work.

The other thing the public wants to is how often do I write? Everyday except for weekends and sometimes on Saturdays.

What do I enjoy the most about writing is the escape from reality. So come and join us.

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Winter BookFest rolls into Final Week

“I want to dance always, to be good and not evil, and when it is all over not to have the feeling that I might have done better.”

                                                -Ruth St. Denis

Dancing into the fourth week of the Winter Virtual Book Festival, I hear thawing snow drops falling from our gutters and making holes in the white cupola on the balcony. The sun flooded my Covid Sanctuary with golden rays. Most importantly I heard birds chirping in the pergola this morning.

Last night the festival participants marvelled at the readings of childrens’ book authors Carol Trembath, Jordan Scavone and MT Falgoust.

Children’s authors at the Winter Virtual Book Festival.

Leave behind your old misconceptions, that children’s books are for kids only. I’ve personally devoured the Indie authors presentations with illustrations like I would have a pepperoni pizza with tons of cheese.

Trembath and Scavone tackled serious subjects like Covid and grief. In her “Fairies and the Global Tree to the Rescue,” Trembath depicts scared fairies seeking help from the Global Tree. The fairies are told to wear a mask and wash their hands and “pixie wings” to stay safe from the “Fairy Flu.” The illustrations were so surreal, that the Global Tree even scared me.

In Scavone’s “Might-E Emilia”, Emilia searches for her inner superhero in the wake of her grandfather Abuelo’s death. Can she find the superhero?

MT Falgoust presented a tasty count down for young readers in “Ten little Crawfish” including a stop for a Mardi Gras parade.

In case you missed it, visit the festival PopUp Book Shop at pagespromotions.com and get your signed book.

I’ve learned so much in the festival workshops about social media marketing for authors presented earlier in the month. Last week, historical fiction authors JuliAnne Sisung and Xander Cross unraveled for us mysteries in histories such as: “Why does history repeat itself?” and that YouTube can be used for primary history research. Hm, who would have thought.

There’s still much more coming this final week as the snowbanks on our gravel road continue to melt. Tonight I will immerse myself with more historical fiction writers who are still undercover until they appear in the Zoom room. However, we will not know which book they are reading from; thus the festival theme “Blind Date with a Book.”

Last but definitely not the least of the festival workshops is “Building Suspense” by author Andrew Smith who will be giving away his “Slice of Fear” to workshop participants. Smith has also served as a backstage hand to the festival organizer Diana Plopa along with author Kate McNeal.

Don’t miss non-fiction readings on Thursday and science fiction this coming Saturday.

Stay tuned for the details on replays, the PopUp Book Shop and the Festival Wrap Up Party on Sunday.

Huzzah!

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