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Books Alive

Listed below are authors who will be present at the Books Alive multi-author event in downtown Ludington on July 19 from 6 pm until dark. Stay tuned for their bios and pics.

Joan H. Young

 Joan H. Young has enjoyed the out-of-doors her entire life. Highlights of her outdoor adventures include Girl Scouting, which provided yearly training in camp skills, and the opportunity to engage in a 10-day canoe trip, and numerous short backpacking excursions. She was selected to attend the 1965 Senior Scout Roundup in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, an international event to which 10,000 girls were invited. She has ridden a bicycle from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean in 1986, and completed the North Country National Scenic Trail on August 3, 2010. Her total mileage was 4395 miles. Young is the first woman to hike the entire trail, and the 9th person overall to complete it on foot. She has written about her adventures.

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More recently, she has begun writing fiction, including the Anastasia Raven cozy mysteries, and DuBois Files mysteries for elementary age children.

She also writes a monthly column for the Ludington Daily News called “Get Off the Couch.”

Barbara Kompik

https://www.facebook.com/BarbaraEKompik

Diane Burton combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction and romance into writing romantic fiction.

Diane Burton

Besides writing romantic suspense, she writes science fiction romance and cozy mysteries set along the Lake Michigan shoreline. As D.M. Burton, she writes sci-fi adventures for young readers. Diane and her husband live in Holland, close to their two children and five grandchildren.

For more info and excerpts from her books, visit Diane’s website: http://www.dianeburton.com

Connect with Diane Burton online

Blog:  http://dianeburton.blogspot.com/

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/dmburton72

Facebook:  http://facebook.com/dianeburtonauthor

Goodreads: Diane Burton Author

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/dmburton72/

Sign up for Diane’s new release alert: http://eepurl.com/bdHtYf

MICHAEL CARRIER

Michael’s main character is Jack Handler, retired Chicago homicide detective who now lives on Sugar Island (in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula) and works as a private security contractor.

For over two decades Michael worked in Michigan as a private security contractor. One of his books (Ghosts of Cherry Street) was an Amazon #3 Best Seller (and a top-ten in three categories).

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Elizabeth Meyette

https://www.facebook.com/elizabethfmeyette/

Jean Davis

Jean Davis lives in West Michigan with her musical husband, two nerdy kids, and two attention-craving terriers.

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When not ruining fictional lives from the comfort of her writing chair, she can be found devouring books and sushi, enjoying the offerings of local breweries, weeding her flower garden, or picking up hundreds of sticks while attempting to avoid the abundant snake population who also shares her yard.  She writes speculative fiction. Her novels include Trust, Destiny Pills & Space WizardsThe Last God, A Broken Race and Sahmara. Follow her writing adventures at http://jeanddavis.blogspot.com

Susan Ream

https://www.facebook.com/SusanJillReam/

Linda Ransom

https://www.facebook.com/linransom

Rebecca Thaddeus

https://www.facebook.com/Rebecca-Thaddeus-731149213695872/

Muriel Zandstra

https://www.facebook.com/muriel.zandstra

Jason Gillikan

https://www.facebook.com/jegillikin/

Grace Truman

https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=Grace%20Truman%20author&epa=SEARCH_BOX

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 Emma Palova (Konecna) born in former Czechoslovakia is a Lowell-based short story writer, novelist screenwriter, journalist and a photographer.Palova wrote for Czechoslovak Newsweek and Prague Reporter in the 1990s. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Brno. Most recently, she worked as a reporter for the Lowell Ledger, and as a freelance writer.

Author's picPalova started an election collection of short stories during her studies of creative writing at the International Correspondence Schools in Montreal, and at the Grand Rapids Community College.Palova’s passion for writing dates back to the middle school in Stipa, near Zlin.

“I’ve always had knack for languages and adventure,” she said. “Our family immigration saga has been a tremendous inspiration for all my writings.”

She completed “Shifting Sands: Short Stories” Book 1 in the summer of 2017.In 2009, she wrote the screenplay “Riddleyville Clowns” ©Emma Palova inspired by a hometown clown parade. It is registered with the Writers Guild of America, West, Inc.

Palova released the sequel to “Shifting Sands: Short Stories- Secrets” on July 1st, 2019. She is working on the Konecny family immigration saga from former communist Czechoslovakia “Greenwich Meridian: Where East meets West.” She became an American citizen on Aug. 19, 1999.

“I am deeply humbled by the opportunities this country has given to me,” she said.

Bookmark Ludington bookstore

Windowsill- Ludington bookstore

Authors and bookstores, please send me your info and pics.

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Insights from Authors’ Tent at Lakeshore Art Fest

Authors Tent at the Lakeshore Art Festival insights from author Jean Darla Davis

By Emma Palova

I spoke with Holland author Jean Darla Davis after two great days at the Lakeshore Art Festival on Saturday afternoon. Davis organized the Authors Tent located at Clay and 2nd Ave in downtown Muskegon to give more exposure to Michigan authors.

Hundreds of people stopped by the two tents with multiple authors and genres. Just like in a library or at a bookstore, the books with their authors represented different categories from mystery to crime, and everything in between.

The icing on the cake was that the authors were present for book signings and to chat about writing and publishing with readers and public in general.

Each author had their own story about their journey to publishing; from former cop Bob Muladore of Charlotte to hiker/author Joan H. Young from Scottville along with 18 others.

For some participating authors the next stop will be in Ludington at the Books Alive event in downtown on July 19 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. There are still some open spaces. So you can sign up on Eventbrite to diversify the event or contact Joan H. Young.

Interview with Jean Darla Davis



Was this a chamber event and did it have sponsors?

Yes, the LAF is put on by the Muskegon Chamber of Commerce. Here is the link to their sponsor page: https://lakeshoreartfestival.org/support/sponsors/

How was this year’s festival? Which day was better?

This year’s festival was the biggest yet, with more vendors. Thanks to how the holiday fell this year, it seemed like both days had equal traffic.

Why do you think the attendance was lower than last year?

It felt like less people this year, very likely due to the heat. But attendance was still quite good.

What seemed to be the the shopping trends and genres?

I didn’t get much of a chance to wander the festival as a whole so I can’t really answer that. There are always a wide variety of fine art and craft vendors, so something for everyone. 

Were the authors from all over Michigan?

19 of our authors were from all over Michigan, both the Upper and Lower Peninsula. One lives on the Indiana border and is considered an honorary Michigan Author. 

Your plans for next year?

We’re considering adding a third tent to accommodate more authors, but that decision is ultimately in the hands of the Muskegon Chamber Festival committee. Otherwise, we’ll be using the same layout we settled on this year as that worked quite well.

What will you remember the most from this year’s festival?

The heat. And off course spending two days with so many fun and talented authors. 

Feature photo by author Joan H. Young.

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Authors at Lakeshore Art Festival in Muskegon, 2019

Emerging authors at the Lakeshore Art Festival in Muskegon

The Lakeshore Art Festival will take place on July 5th and July 6th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The emerging auhor’s tent will be conveniently located on Clay and 2nd Streets.

Come and meet your next favorite new book.

Debra S. Carlisle Smith is a field trip queen who loves to write funny stories. Deb belonged to the White Lake, Michigan Toastmasters Club for eight years.

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She discovered she loved writing about true experiences and weaving them into humorous stories. In 2000, she was awarded “Toastmaster of the Year”. Deb lives in West Michigan with husband, Dixon and dogs, Zena & Joey. She enjoys playing the piano, spoiling her dogs and reading a good book.

Jean Davis lives in West Michigan with her musical husband, two nerdy kids, and two attention-craving terriers.

Jean author pic

When not ruining fictional lives from the comfort of her writing chair, she can be found devouring books and sushi, enjoying the offerings of local breweries, weeding her flower garden, or picking up hundreds of sticks while attempting to avoid the abundant snake population who also shares her yard.  She writes speculative fiction. Her novels include Trust, Destiny Pills & Space WizardsThe Last God, A Broken Race and Sahmara. Follow her writing adventures at http://jeanddavis.blogspot.com

Mark Love lived for many years in the metropolitan Detroit area, where crime and corruption are always prevalent. A former freelance reporter, Love honed his writing skills covering features and hard news.

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He is the author of the Jamie Richmond romance mysteries, Devious, Vanishing Act and Fleeing Beauty, and the short story Stealing Haven, which is in the collection Once Upon a Summer.  His newest mystery series, starring Jefferson Chene includes WHY 319? and the new release Your Turn to Die.  Both Chene novels are also available on Audible. Love resides in west Michigan with his wife, Kim. He enjoys a wide variety of music, books, travel, cooking and the great outdoors.

You can find him on Facebook, Amazon and his blog at the links below.

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B009P7HVZQ

https://motownmysteries.blogspot.com/

https://www.facebook.com/MarkLoveAuthor

Patricia Kiyono writes sweet historical and contemporary romance. In her non-writing time, she keeps busy as a music education professor, orchestra musician, quilter, and crafter.

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She and her husband have five children, nine grandchildren, and growing number of great-grandchildren almost all living in the West Michigan area.

Robert Muladore was initiated into police work as the first fill-time patrolman with the Bridgeport Township, Michigan police department, initially without the benefit of formal police academy training.

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Surviving those eighteen months of on-the-job training just outside of Saginaw, Michigan, he began his career with the Michigan State Police where he was assigned as a trooper near Detroit conducting countless criminal investigations.  Other assignments with the Michigan State Police included lead legal instructor; Commanding Officer, Specialized Training Section; Commanding Officer, Northeast Narcotics Section; Commanding Officer, Governmental Liaison Section, Executive Division; Assistant Division Commander, Fire Marshall Division; and Technical Solutions Division. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

He has taught at a numerous colleges and universities, in police academies and academic settings throughout Michigan instructing courses ranging from criminal justice topics, civil liability, and political economy.  His education includes an associate’s degree in criminal justice, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Madonna University, a Juris Doctorate degree from the Detroit College of Law (now MSU School of Law) and a Ph.D. in Public Affairs and Administration from Western Michigan University.  He currently practices civil law and is working on a new book about his experiences as an attorney.

MICHAEL CARRIER

Michael’s main character is Jack Handler, retired Chicago homicide detective who now lives on Sugar Island (in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula) and works as a private security contractor.

For over two decades Michael worked in Michigan as a private security contractor. One of his books (Ghosts of Cherry Street) was an Amazon #3 Best Seller (and a top-ten in three categories).

Kristine E. Brickey was born and raised in Michigan and has always reveled in the power of words and imagery.

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An award-winning teacher of 30 years, Brickey has an understanding that allows the creation of true characters and situations that strike the hearts of others. These are portrayed through both powerful words and imagery via photographs and paintings. In addition to her art, Brickey spends time traveling, riding the Michigan forests on her horse, bonding with her donkeys and dogs, and participating in many ‘artsy/wordy’ groups and activities. Achieving her life dream of seeing her novels in the hands of others and on bookstore shelves has only increased her passion for reading and writing. Seeing her artwork on the wall of a gallery exhibition and hearing the impact it had on other survivors, left indelible imprints on her heart. Look for future books and works from this artist soon.

Diane Burton combines her love of mystery, adventure, science fiction and romance into writing romantic fiction.

Diane Burton

Besides writing romantic suspense, she writes science fiction romance and cozy mysteries set along the Lake Michigan shoreline. As D.M. Burton, she writes sci-fi adventures for young readers. Diane and her husband live in Holland, close to their two children and five grandchildren.

For more info and excerpts from her books, visit Diane’s website: http://www.dianeburton.com

Connect with Diane Burton online

Blog:  http://dianeburton.blogspot.com/

Twitter:  http://twitter.com/dmburton72

Facebook:  http://facebook.com/dianeburtonauthor

Goodreads: Diane Burton Author

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/dmburton72/

Sign up for Diane’s new release alert: http://eepurl.com/bdHtYf

Loraine Hudson lives and writes in a small town in Michigan.  The first book in her “Beale Street” mystery series is The House on Beale Street.

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She released The Stars over Beale Street, in early 2019.  When she isn’t writing mysteries, the enjoys creating “tween” and YA chapter books under her pen name, Judith Wade, especially stories with a little bit of fantasy or adventure.  Her most recent release, The Dragon’s Nest, is second in a series about a young man who just can’t get the dragons out of his life.  She loves oldies rock music, stained glass, digging in her garden, playing with her dogs, horseback riding and, of course, writing.  She is active in a nationwide thoroughbred rehab program, and is often at her most creative when taking her own ex-racehorse out for an amble through the woods, imagining dialogues, plot twists and new tales to tell.

Multi-award-winning young adult author Melanie Hooyenga first started writing as a teenager and finds she still relates best to that age group. She has lived in Washington DC, Chicago, and Mexico, but has finally settled down in her home state of Michigan.

Melanie

When not at her day job as a Communications Director at a nonprofit, you can find Melanie attempting to wrangle her Miniature Schnauzer Owen and playing every sport imaginable with her husband Jeremy.

Janet Vormittag is the author of You Might Be A Crazy Cat Lady If …Dog 281and More Than A Number. She is also the publisher of Cats and Dogs, a Magazine Devoted to Companion Animals, a free publication distributed in West Michigan.

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Janet has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Grand Valley State University and was a correspondent for The Grand Rapids Press for ten years. She currently lives in Jenison, Michigan with more cats than she cares to admit.

www.janetvormittag.com

www.catsanddogsmagazine.com

Jules Nelson has won multiple awards for her first published novel, Shadows. She writes Historical Fiction and publishes a blog about her journey through parenting a child with Special Needs. Jules lives with her family in rural Michigan.

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 Emma Palova (Konecna) born in former Czechoslovakia is a Lowell-based short story writer, novelist screenwriter, journalist and a photographer.Palova wrote for Czechoslovak Newsweek and Prague Reporter in the 1990s. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Brno. Most recently, she worked as a reporter for the Lowell Ledger, and as a freelance writer.

Author's picPalova started an election collection of short stories during her studies of creative writing at the International Correspondence Schools in Montreal, and at the Grand Rapids Community College.Palova’s passion for writing dates back to the middle school in Stipa, near Zlin.

“I’ve always had knack for languages and adventure,” she said. “Our family immigration saga has been a tremendous inspiration for all my writings.”

She completed “Shifting Sands: Short Stories” Book 1 in the summer of 2017.In 2009, she wrote the screenplay “Riddleyville Clowns” ©Emma Palova inspired by a hometown clown parade. It is registered with the Writers Guild of America, West, Inc.

Palova is finalizing the sequel to “Shifting Sands: Short Stories- Secrets” slated for July 1st  publication. She is working on the Konecny family immigration saga from former communist Czechoslovakia “Greenwich Meridian: Where East meets West.” She became an American citizen on Aug. 19, 1999.

“I am deeply humbled by the opportunities this country has given to me,” she said.

 Joan H. Young has enjoyed the out-of-doors her entire life. Highlights of her outdoor adventures include Girl Scouting, which provided yearly training in camp skills, and the opportunity to engage in a 10-day canoe trip, and numerous short backpacking excursions. She was selected to attend the 1965 Senior Scout Roundup in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, an international event to which 10,000 girls were invited. She has ridden a bicycle from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean in 1986, and completed the North Country National Scenic Trail on August 3, 2010. Her total mileage was 4395 miles. Young is the first woman to hike the entire trail, and the 9th person overall to complete it on foot. She has written about her adventures.

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More recently, she has begun writing fiction, including the Anastasia Raven cozy mysteries, and DuBois Files mysteries for elementary age children.

She also writes a monthly column for the Ludington Daily News called “Get Off the Couch.”

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Author Tent @Lakeshore Art Festival

Interview with author/organizer Jean Darla Davis & Emma Palova

  1. Why have an author tent at Lakeshore Art Festival?  How well is the festival attended?
Author Jean Darla Davis

The Lakeshore Art Festival is attended by tens of thousands of people over two days. It runs July 5 and 6 from 10 to 6 and features over 350 fine art and craft vendors, along with artisan food,  children’s activities, street performers and interactive art.  It’s the perfect  venue to connect readers with local indie authors.

  • How did you get involved? Who came up with the idea and how did you go about implementing it?

This is our third year as a group of authors being involved with the Lakeshore Art Festival. The first year was organized by author Steve Lebel . When he stepped back, I was tapped to take on the project. Last year we officially became part of the festival with the emerging authors tent within the festival footprint. This allowed us much better visibility and allowed us to connect with more readers.

  • What was last year’s festival like?

Last year we had two beautiful sunny days and what seemed like a mostly endless flow of traffic both days. There’s so much art to see and great food to check out.

 Eighteen authors took part in our tents last year. We all had a great time networking with one another, talking to readers and signing books.

4-Which genre will be represented?

Our tents feature twenty authors with a little something for everyone. We everything from children’s books to adult books, including mystery, suspense, non-fiction  romance, science fiction, fantasy and more.

  • What do you hope to accomplish there in two days?

We’d love to introduce readers to authors they might not run across on Amazon due to the vast number of books there or in the big book stores that often focus on big name authors.  We’re available to talk about our books, our writing processes and  inspirations. This is a great opportunity for readers to buy direct from the authors and get their books signed.

  • Give us some tips for authors

Many authors struggle with marketing their books . They write one and hope that it sells online or through their publisher, if they have one. Unfortunately, even with a publisher, the majority of marketing falls on the author, and most of us would rather be home writing our next book. However, once you do a few book events, you’ll find it’s fun to network with other authors, learn from them, share your experiences and knowledge and to meet readers face to face. Festivals like this one give authors the opportunity to get their books in front of thousands of people a day. The Lakeshore Art Festival allows authors to purchase their own larger booth or to take part in our emerging author tent, which though we have smaller table spaces, is within the budget of many indie authors.  We do have a limited amount of spaces each year and they go quickly. If you are interested in being part of the emerging author tent, please contact me on facebook: jeandavisauthor

  • Give us some tips for visitors

Visitors should wear comfortable shoes. There’s so much to see and do at this Festival. Stay hydrated. Bring a bag to carry all your artsy finds. Most vendors will take cash or cards. And talk to the artists. Ask questions. Make your purchases personal. It’s not often you can talk directly to the artist who made the piece and find out the story behind it.  

  • How do you personally plan your book tour?

Having recently released my fifth book, I can easily say that I’ve tried a lot of different things to get the word out. Have I found the magic answer? No. What I’ve settled on, that works best for me, is doing a blog tour within my network of author friends, and booking in person events. I like to do a variety of venues: bookstores, libraries, craft & vendor shows, comic cons, ren faires, and art festivals. This year, with the release of the first book Trust of my new space opera series, The Narvan, I’m doing 30 different events all over Michigan.

I find personally connecting with readers to be the most gratifying way to get the word out . When I can do the same event a couple years in a row, it’s even better, because then people know where to find me and come back for my next book. I try to release one or two books every year so I have something new to offer.

Link to participating authors at the Author Tent at the Lakeshore Art Festival https://emmapalova.com/2019/06/12/authors-at-lakeshore-art-festival/

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June Newsletter

Happy summer!

Shifting Sands: Secrets 
My new book “Secrets” in the Shifting Sands Short Stories series is ready for July 1 release. You can now preorder on Amazon. Just enter Emma Palova historical fiction. Below in the book section are listed links to book 1 and book 2 on Amazon.
The core of the book is the long short story “Silk Nora” that takes place at the turn-of-the-century Belding. You will be swept away by the historical setting of the “Silk City Girls” dormitory known as Belrockton. The major characters are Nora, her friend Mathilda and the matron of Belrockton- Doris from Sussex in England. Other characters include newspaper man Harry and band player John.
The cover “Face of Gossip” and the main story “Silk Nora” were inspired by my multiple visits to the Belrockton Museum over the last two decades.
A story from the hosiery mills was picked up by the Associated Press and major newspapers in Michigan ran it.
 I will be with the new book at the Muskegon Art Festival on July 5th and July 6th inside the author’s tent on Clay & 2nd Streets. I will be at “Books Alive” in Ludington on July 19th, followed by a series of book signing events at LowellArts with exact date TBA.
Fall events will include the Belding Labor Day twilight parade on Sunday, Sept. 1 at 9 pm.
My major event will take place at the historic Belrockton in Belding on October 6th in the afternoon. The museum is open from 1 to 4 pm on the first Sunday of each month. For up to date news follow me on EW Emma’s Writings on http://emmapalova.com  SecretsThe new book is a collection of 15 short stories. Thematically, the stories range from the action-packed 40 Hunks where driver Jose transports 40 Mexican men to labor in Michigan orchards to the core of the book which is historical fiction “Silk Nora”.


 Excerpts from “Silk Nora”Signs of progress were touchable everywhere from the interior six bathrooms at the Bel to a space designated for women in the saloons of the bustling city. At the time, the city of Belding had four hotels.
Known as the “Silk City Girls” the young women spent much of their time weaving silk on spools. Silk at the time was on high demand as the major feminine fabric due to the existing shortage of woolens and cottons.
Nora and Mathilda worked together long hours at the silk mill earnings 47 cents an hour. The Belding Banner called the girls “Sweethearts in Silk” blasting propaganda about their happiness with headlines such as “The Silks with Happiness Woven into Them.”
The girls sat at their stations on the floor of the factory in orderly rows. The downstairs of the Richardson Mill was used for making stockings.
Sentiment played a part in the founding of the silk industry in Belding by the Belding brothers. After prospering in silk manufacturing in New England, they built a plant in Belding, where they had made their start as door-to-door textile salesmen.
Mathilda traveled home to Alpena twice a year for the holidays, while Nora stayed year- round at the Bel. She had a beautiful view of the Flat River and the boardwalk from her room. Nora was an avid reader and she frequented the dormitory library.
Nora easily made friends with other girls, both at work and at the dorms. She cut her hair short, a sign of times.
Matron Doris Applebaum managed the Belrockton dormitory and the girls who lived in it. She came from England to take the job at the “Bel” when it opened in 1906. Doris kept her English accent and manners.
“Girls, I will make you into ladies,” she said at the dinner table. “You already have the right foundation otherwise you wouldn’t be here in the first place. You’re a diamond in the rough. I will make you shine.”
The silk girls respected this English lady from the county of Sussex on the English Channel seaside. Doris was single and constantly happy. She competed for the Belrockton job with other ladies from around the world and won.
She took a special liking of well-mannered Nora.
“We’re going to be friends,” Doris said resolutely to Nora at their second meeting, since Nora arrived in Belding. “We have a lot in common. You come from New England, I come from the real England. But you have better food here.”
You can pre-order the new book at:
https://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Shifting-Sands-Emma-Palova-ebook/dp/B07SH9YGQH/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Secrets%3AShifting+Sands&qid=1559745646&s=digital-text&sr=1-1


 Book 1 in Shifting Sands Short Stories series, 2017

Follow me on my Amazon author’s page at:

https://www.amazon.com/Emma-Palova/e/B0711XJ6GY

 Upcoming author’s eventsInterview with author Donald Levin on https://donaldlevin.wordpress.com/ on June 20
Muskegon Art Fair …..July 5th and July 6th
Ludington ……………..July 19
LowellArts……………….TBA
Radio shows TBABelding Twilight Parade…. Sept. 1
Belrockton, Beding………….Oct. 6
Girls Nite Out…………………..Oct. 17
Christmas through Lowell…..Nov. 15, 16, 17

Map to Lakeshore Art Festival
https://lakeshoreartfestival.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/2018-LAF-Brochure-F-D.pdf
Copyright © 2019 Emma Palova, All rights reserved. 




“SEcrets” summary & Timeline

By Emma Palova

The new book “Shifting Sands: Secrets” is a collection of 15 short stories: “Silk Nora” and “Booksafe Code” are historical fiction stories. 40 Hunks is a fast-paced action story, where bus driver Jose transports 40 Mexican men to labor in Michigan apple orchards.

Stories “Six Palms by the Tiki” and “Devil’s Elixir” explore the themes of aging and disease. “When Layla met Corey” and “Oceans Away” reflect longing for love inspite of distance.

The characters in stories “Chief,” “White Nights” and “Secrets in Ink” sell their souls to the devil.

In “Waiting for Snow”, Colin aka “The Trainman” and store owner Hayden explore dimensions of time, while waiting for snow in Paris.

In “Being Faustina” and “The Writer, the Nun & the Gardener,” the characters deal with different forms of death, including suicide.

In stories “Raspberry Rage” and “Cupcake Wine,” the characters struggle with addiction.

“Secrets” will be ready for the market in May.

Excerpt from 40 Hunks

It was the letter from the US Department of Agriculture giving him permission to cross the border to the US with the 40 men sleeping behind his back. Before they boarded the bus, Jose had to make sure they were the right men. Most of them didn’t have any IDs, so he trusted them and tried to match up the names with the list from the government.

The list wasn’t exact, but Jose knew once they entered the US territory, they would be assigned a permanent work guide. From there on, it was none of his business what would happen with these men. The guides were correction officers borrowed from the regional correctional facilities in the US.

The border patrol in Nogales searched the smelly bus and studied Jose’s driver’s license and the piece of paper.

“How do you know who’s who?” barked a sweating guard with an AK47 across his shoulder, at Jose.

“Vaguely. I know that I have 40 men,” said Jose also sweating.

The guard boarded the bus and walked in the aisle examining each face, holding the piece of governmental paper in his hand.  He stopped and looked closely at one man. The men were wide awake now. He leaned over the hulky man taking in his odor.

“Who are you?” he asked with his face distorted in an evil grimace.

Jose walked up to the two men in the back of the bus.

“Hey, amigo,” he said to the guard. “They don’t speak English.”

The guard shoved the piece of paper with the list of names in front of the hulky man ignoring Jose.

This is the timeline for the “Secrets” 2017-2019:

Prior to the November #NaNoWriMo 50K word challenge, I wrote the first two stories: ” Chief” (2017) and “White Nights.” (2018)

I penned the core of the book during the #NaNoWriMo novel writing month in November 2018 with word count of 56,433. That is nine stories.

After the November 50K writing challenge, I wrote four stories: “Devil’s Elixir,” “When Layla met Corey, “”Waiting for Snow” and “Six Palms by the Tiki”. I finalized the manuscript during #Camp NaNo in April.

I would not be able to do any of this without the support of the National Novel Writing Month projects of daily writing. Thank you.

Book signings and appearances

I am planning book signings and author appearances.

I will be at Lowell Arts in June/Aug. during the Livin Easy exhibit.

Muskegon Art Fair on July 5 & 6th

Ludington Books Alive on July 19

Belrockton in the fall -October

Girls Night Out -October

I am also looking for book reviewers. Please email Emma at emmapalova@yahoo.com for ARCs.

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Picking up speed with excerpts from new “Secrets”

Most of us can relate to slow starts after the holidays. On top of the holiday indolence, I’ve been sick too. And I even got my first ever flu shot in 2018 inspite of my wavering doubt about the effectiveness of the vaccine. This is the first day that “I feel like a human being.” That’s a quote from colleague writer Tamela Spicer.

What’s coming down the pipeline?

I am working on two last stories to complete the second book Shifting Sands: Secrets. (c) 2019 Emma Palova. It is a sequel to Shifting Sands: Short Stories. I will let the manuscript run through the AutoCrit self-editing software for fiction to test it and review it.

I found out about AutoCrit during the #NaNoWriMo 50K word marathon in November. It has reasonably good reviews. A webcast on self-editing using the software is scheduled for Jan. 22 from 4 to 5 p.m.

Below is the link to the webcast.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmrIsIvEw3Q

I will most likely self-publish on the kdp self-publishing platform, since anything else is a complex labyrinth of paths with dead ends.

Looking for reviewers

On the other hand, I am an eternal optimist, so I will pitch the individual stories via the app Submittable to different markets. Any new book needs reviews, any reviews.

Let me know if you would like to write a review. All Advance Reader Copies (ARC) are always free. You get to read something no one else has read before; now that’s pretty special.

Touring with books

I am also in the process of creating a tour for the new book Secrets. My first targeted event is on April 6 at the Author’s Fair in Detroit.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/annual-authors-fair-2019-tickets-50594326994

I am imposing a deadline on the memoir project “Greenwich Meridian” about the family immigration saga from former Czechoslovakia. I am taking this book to the event Books Alive! in Ludington on July 19 in conjunction with Ludington’s Friday Night Live.

This event is possible thanks to author Joan H. Young from Scottville.

I am also looking forward to continuing my partnership with LowellArts for book signings and the upcoming playwright festival.

Excerpt from short story “40 Hunks” in Secrets

They were crossing the Sonoran Desert west of Nogales. Jose felt the pocket of his jeans for a piece of paper. He pulled it out to look at it for the 100th time as they were nearing the border.

It was the letter from the US Department of Agriculture giving him permission to cross the border to the US with the 40 men sleeping behind his back. Before they boarded the bus, Jose had to make sure they were the right men. Most of them didn’t have any IDs, so he trusted them and tried to match up the names with the list from the government.

The list was far from being exact, but Jose knew once they entered the US territory, they would be assigned a permanent work guide. From there on, it was none of his business what’s going to happen with these men. The guides were correction officers borrowed from the regional correctional facilities in the US.

The border patrol in Nogales searched the smelly bus and studied Jose’s driver’s license and that piece of paper.

“How do you know who’s who?” barked a sweating guard with an AK47 across his shoulder, at Jose.

“Vaguely. I know that I have 40 men,” said Jose also sweating.

The guard boarded the bus and walked in the aisle examining each face, holding the piece of governmental paper in his hand.  He stopped and looked closely at one man. The men were wide awake now. He leaned over the hulky man taking in his odor.

“Who are you?” he asked with his face distorted in an evil grimace.

Jose walked up to the two men in the back of the bus.

“Hey, amigo,” he said to the guard. “They don’t speak English.”

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Book tour planning

I am planning my 2019 author events/book tour. Books Alive in Ludington on July 16 is already on it.

Watch for my E-newsletter in your inboxes.

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The Detroit event is on April 6.

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Motown Writers Network . . . Michigan Literary Network

Preservation Detroit getting ready for the 2019 Author’s Fair.
There are still vendor tables to secure for authors and literary services.
Readers can RSVP for their space and contact us to donation through above link.

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Fall for Michigan

Plan your fall touring of Pure Michigan.  Visit the 1850s Fallasburg Pioneer Village which is on the National Register of Historic Places in MIchigan. The village nestles in the northeast corner of Kent County.

Just cross the Covered Bridge into the village and step back in time.

One of the best times to visit this area is  in its autumn glory with all the harvest festivals , farmers’  markets and local produce abundance.

Explore local history, sample local food and craft beers and breweries, chat with local authors.  Learn  how to can pickles or how to make salsa.

Step out of the ordinary.

 

via September message from FHS president

Author’s Events & Creative Endeavor

Join me this afternoon at@LowellArts gallery from 1 to 3 pm. I will be signing copies of my book “Shifting Sands Short Stories” during the Captured photo exhibit. Come and chat about your writing projects. We are experiencing renaissance in literature. It’s a great time to be a part of this movement.

While touring with my book around West Michigan, we have discovered the “Creative Endeavor”project at the Michigan News Agency (MNA)in Kalamazoo. In order to keep authors writing, MNA does not keep any profit from the local author book sales.

I will be writing more about this initiative. My son discovered this while looking for the Grand Rapids Magazine.

“To encourage our Creative Endeavor Project Writers, we will sell your books as a pass through and return all of the money to you, the authors. The News hopes this will encourage our writing communities to strive to do your work.”

For more info about this Creative Endeavor project go to:

http://www.michigannews.biz

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