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February authors and events

I am really excited about the month of February as I am scheduling my podcast author guests, and the snow is drifting outside. They represent different genres, but romance will definitely be in the lead.

FOR THE LOVE OF BOOKS PODCAST with host EMMA PALOVA

 Listen in for a chance to win a signed copy in the podcast book giveaway.

http://emmapalova123.podbean.com and on https://anchor.fm/emma-palova, major podcasting apps

February Schedule

Donna Neumann, I Want a Birthday Party, Feb. 3

Jean Davis, Lansing Women’s Expo, Feb. 8

Lisa Jacovski, Let’s Talk, Learning to Bowl, Feb. 9

Janet Glaser, Feb. 10

Tana Jenkins, Love Rescued, Feb. 14

Diana Kathryn Plopa, A Tryst of Fate, Feb. 17

Sponsored by Doc Chavent, The Lowell Ledger, Modern History Press

Pages Promotions Virtual Book Festival

Several things will be happening all at once: Pages Promotions Virtual Book Festival will kick off the month with the Mystery of the Missing Manuscript. You really don’t want to miss out on any of the evenings with authors, suspects, and detectives. Register on Zoom by 6:30 p.m.

Go to:

https://www.pagespromotions.com/2023-winter-virtual-festival.html#/

Michigan Reads

Michigan Reads, a new platform for Indie authors, will open its doors to most authors in mid-February, only limited criteria will apply.

https://michiganreads.com/

In-person authors’ events

February also kicks off in-person authors’ events with Women’s Expos in Lansing and in Grand Rapids in March.

https://www.kohlerexpo.com/mm-womens-expo

I will write separate stories about Michigan Reads and the Women’s Expo in Lansing set for Feb. 10-12.

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Author- photographer portrays Detroit’s hidden gems, obscure sites

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-5p3hy-13756ff

In her Detroit Revealed: A Different View of the Motor City, author-photographer Leslie Cieplechowicz highlights the obscure and amazing hidden gems of the city which is sometimes portrayed as unapproachable. The imagery highlights places only seen by local people who have created a rich culture and scenery that is veiled from the public eye.

“I wanted to share my view of the city,” she said.

Cieplechowicz worked as an EMS paramedic for the Detroit Fire Department. She returned to the sites of former EMS encounters to capture the images, all 4,000 of them. 150 best pictures made it into the book.

“I captured the heart of the city and the people,” she said. “I put a positive spin on a city that gets a negative reputation.”

The book serves as a city guide for both locals and visitors with its stunning imagery, history of the sites, and addresses.

“You can visit all the places,” she said.

Walk along the radiant blue riverfront of the Detroit River and view the beautiful structures glittering in the sunlight. Hang out at the hole-in-the-wall local bar and absorb the glow from the antique fixture that bathes the vintage decor in a warm light.

Head to the streets in a snowstorm, and peer through a broken window down Jefferson Avenue at a city shrouded in swirling white flakes. Or check out an old, dimly lit industrial center that has been turned into an enclave for local singers and artists to hone their talent, whose studios are a splash of faded records, flashing neon lights, and vibrant flags.

 

Listen in for a chance to win a signed copy of this book.

 

Sponsored by Doc Chavent and The Lowell Ledger

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michigan Reads connects authors with the world

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ityep-1372503

Michigan Reads is a functional gateway for Michigan independent authors which started out with authors Ingar Rudholm and Andrew Allen Smith. The site was tested and more authors were added.

“The purpose is to centralize Michigan authors in a single place,” said Smith. “I will be offering it to all authors in February or March.”

Eventually, more features were added such as electronic billboards. In the works are streaming and TV. The proposed cost per author per book is $10, and a requirement to write a review of somebody else’s book.

“You can have as many books as you want,” Smith said. “It’s a place that is easy to remember.”

The main innovation is name recognition, according to Smith.

Listen in for more details.

Sponsored by Doc Chavent and The Lowell Ledger

Author Ingar Rudholm talks about sales & marketing

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ipivs-1360691

The author of the Traveling Circus series, Ingar Rudholm, talks about selling and marketing your books in an increasingly complex market flooded with social media algorithms. Listen in for a chance to win a signed copy of Traveling Circus and the Secret Talent Scroll. The episode was sponsored by Doc Chavent and The Lowell Ledger.

Use the following hashtags when distributing.

#fantasybook #mermaid

 

Pages Promotions hosts Indie Author Virtual Book Festival

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-pyy3s-13575ed

Author Diana Kathryn Plopa, founder of Pages Promotions talks about the upcoming Virtual Book Festival in February with author Emma Palova, host and producer of For the Love of Books Podcast. Listen in for a chance to win free registration and Plopa’s book A Duck Quacks.

In support of Indie and small press author all over the world, Plopa is hosting the Virtual Book Festival on Zoom, from Feb. 1 through Feb. 28. The deadline for authors to apply is January 15.

It’s wintertime in Michigan (and other parts of the world), and authors aren’t easily able to meet with crowds of readers at book festivals and fairs like we do in the warmer months… so we’re hosting a Virtual Book Festival to give you the opportunity to discover new authors and their books… all while staying warm!

Each day, we’ll share live interviews with authors, listen to them read some of their work, play games, give away prizes with the Spinny Wheel of Happiness, and generally have a good time with the written word. 

 Writers can sometimes be a wacky group of unpredictable people… after all, we make stuff up for a living.  You never know what kind of literary shenanigans might happen…

​So visit our Facebook page every day to see what’s coming next!

Share on social media #virtualbookfestival #mysteryofthemissingmanuscript

Sponsored by Doc Chavent and The Lowell Ledger.

Author Karen Tintori pens Unto the Daughters

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ic3nu-135173d

In her memoir and historical mystery Unto the Daughters, author & former journalist Karen Tintori unveils a family secret set in turn-of-the-century Detroit. The inciting incident to break the silence was an obliterated passport, and then a wedding photo.

 

“I am Italian, ” she said. “My mother’s side of the family was from southern Sicily. You don’t tell family secrets.”

The story of her great-grandaunt Francesca haunted Tintori’s inquisitive mind for decades. After 12 years, three novels, and advice from the editor, Tintori re-imagined the haunting truth of an honor killing.

Listen in for a chance to win a signed copy of Unto the Daughters.

Sponsored by Doc Chavent and The Lowell Ledger, the hometown newspaper in Lowell, MI

 

2022 in the rearview mirror, 2023 ahead

Looking back and forward

I believe that our past sets us up for our future. However, we can only master the present.

January

The year started strong with a full For the Love of Books Podcast author guest list focused on diversity. This year in January I will be focusing on marketing, lifestyle changes, and author events.

I also worked on the revisions of Shifting Sands: The Lost Town. This year I will be finishing the sequel The Quest for the Lost Town.

What is lost can be found.

Unknown

We were in full production mode at @Moravian Sons Distillery stilling plums and apples. Check it out.

February
Czech garnets

The podcast was all about romance. This year the podcast will be all about the romance because love or the quest for it never dies.

We flew to Venice, Fl for winter break, and met up with our French family. This year I am still undecided. I will be participating in Pages Promotions Winter Festival 2023 organized by the one and only Diana Kathryn Wolfe-Plopa.

https://www.pagespromotions.com/store/p175/Winter_2023_Virtual_Book_Festival_Author_Registration.html#

My first physical author’s event will be the Lansing Women’s Expo on Feb. 10, 11 & 12.

We kept stilling at Moravian Sons Distillery.

March

My podcast theme was and will continue to be spring. Michigan has long winters, and the anticipation of spring is important. I always start my seeds in the sunroom.

In March, I added to my author guests the amazing UP authors thanks to author Mikel Classen and publisher Victor Volkman.

We celebrated our son’s birthday on March 1. This will continue. March also marks Lent. Each year during Lent I do tons of Lenten readings. The catholic religion has always inspired me with its mysteries and dogmas.

I will be participating in the Grand Rapids Women’s Expo from March 17 through March 19 at DeVos Hall.

April
Easter in Czech Republic, Vizovice, Moravia

Our fifth grandchild Henrik was baptized on Easter Sunday April 17 at St. Rose’s church in Hastings.

I started writing for The Lowell Ledger. I’ve been writing for our hometown newspaper on and off for the last 27 years. The paper is one of the sponsors of the podcast show featuring Indie and small press authors.

My comeback story was Torched in Lowell (LOL). I have just modified the headline; it was actually Torched Glass Art Studio opens in Lowell. My second one was Ripple, and what a ripple it has been. Maybe the headline should have read Rippled in Lowell (LOL).

The definition of ripple is the continuing and spreading results of an event or action. After less than a year in business, the restaurant is closing its door this Friday due to unfortunate circumstances, to say the least. No kidding, another Mexican restaurant opened next door in the old Backwater Cafe building. I have yet to do a story on this bizarre sequence of events.

May
My birthday at Cedar Springs Brewery with our fifth grand child, Henrik

It is my second favorite month after June. My birthday marks this month since I was born on the Czech national holiday to the shooting of fireworks. The new regime changed the holiday to May 8. Go figure. We always manage to celebrate somehow, only the Covid years shut down my birthday celebrations.

June

People for Palmer Park in Detroit.

Palmer Park Art Fair 2022

June starts my summer cycle of authors’ events. I was at the Art in the Park in Palmer Park Detroit on June 4 & 5. This year we’re planning on attending the Czech and Slovak Festival in July instead to present our traditional fruit brandies.

Muskegon Lakeshore Art Festival wasn’t as productive as in previous years due to high gas prices and inflation kicked in. Hopefully, this will taper off by the time LAF comes on June 24 & 25.

To be continued………..

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Author Herman Hunter pens The Wizard’s Stone

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-a94vk-13475d5

Merry Christmas from host Emma Palova and all of my awesome author guests

 

The Wizard’s Stone

 

A young wizard’s assistant on a secret journey, guarded by a band of mercenaries, paid a fortune in gold. All to deliver a mysterious artifact halfway across the known world. And from the very outset, they are being hunted.

 

 

 

A software developer for over 30 years, Herman P. Hunter started his first venture into publishing by writing articles on software development, cumulating into a book deal. After a long hiatus, he has returned, writing fantasy fiction, integrating high fantasy, pulp elements, and Judeo-Christian beliefs. His first book, The Revenant and the Tomb was published in March 2022 and has since been adapted to an audiobook.

 

Listen in for a chance to win a signed copy of The Revenant and the Tomb.

The first person who emails host Emma Palova will win a signed copy of The Wizard’s Stone.

Sponsored by Doc Chavent and The Lowell Ledger.

Author Ann Dallman pens Cady and the Birchbark Box

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-bgg9h-133e9d9

Ann Dallman has lifelong roots in Michigan’s UP. She started out as a newspaper reporter/photographer and returned to journalism after retiring from teaching. 
In Cady and the Birchbark Box, Cady Whirlwind Thunder solves the mystery behind a weathered journal found inside a very old birchbark box. Why was the box buried behind a deserted garage?
 
This is the question her friend and “crush,” John Ray Chicaug, asks her after the two of them find it. And, what meaning do the notes in the book have? Cady’s grandma and her ever-present companion, a noisy blue jay, encourage her as she puts together the pieces and ultimately restores the reputation of a deceased elder.
Listen in for a chance to win an autographed copy of Cady and the Birchbark Box.
Sponsored by Doc Chavent and The Lowell Ledger

Author Janet Vormittag pens Cat Women of West Michigan

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-dd3zd-133e894

Janet Vormittag of West Michigan calls herself ‘A Crazy Cat Lady,’ and thus the name of her book series with the newest book out just in time for the holidays. Cat Women of West Michigan tells 30 compelling stories of passionate women who do cat rescue in many different forms from the actual rescue to Cat Cafe in Grand Rapids.

Vormittag became the self-proclaimed  ‘A Crazy Cat Lady’ in the mid-80s with the rescue of an injured kitten Lucy in Saugatuck that lived 10 years.

“They’re not crazy cat ladies,” she said. “Just compassionate women.”

She connected with these women through her quarterly magazine Cats and Dogs.

“I was struck by women rescuing cats,” she said.

And the number of euthanized cats went down from 8,000 to 189 over the last 15 years since the publication started.

“It’s a community problem,” she said.

Listen in for a chance to win a signed copy of Vormittag’s Cat Women of West Michigan.

Sponsored by Doc Chavent and The Lowell Ledger.