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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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Virtual Festival souvenirs

The “Blind Date with a Book ” virtual book festival dances into its third week in February as the freezing temperatures plunge below normal and another weather advisory awaits us tonight..

Over the weekend, childrens’ authors read from their books last Saturday followed by the spinning “Wheel of Happiness” for the lucky ones who won some prizes. To soothe the disappointment of those who didn’t win, there is good news; the wheel will spin again tonight with Young Adult genre authors.

You can connect with all the Indie Authors via the festival PopUp Book Shop by clicking on the link below:

http://www.pagespromotions.com/feb21shop.html#/

However, if you have purchased an Indie Author book from a different sources, it is probably not signed. Check out the shop to request a limited commemorative book plate signed by the author.

“It’s a nice souvenir from the festival,” said organizer Diana Plopa.

For a complete schedule of events go to:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ppvirtualbookfestival/events

There are more workshops coming up as well. #ppvirtualbookfestival

And I got wind of another wacky wild festival coming up this summer. Watch for more info.

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First festival weekend

Blind Date with a Book

Rolling into the first weekend of the Winter Virtual Book Festival organized by Pages Promotions, LLC, we’ve covered genre from action and adventure, non-fiction to memoir. The theme of this festival is “Blind Date with a Book.”

Events

You pick an event by clicking on the caption below, and register on Zoom.

The participating authors read from their books without revealing the title. The screen shows scrambled covers, and it’s up to you to find the perfect fit.

If you match up the author with the book, you get the bragging rights on social media. Please use the hashtag #ppvirtualbookfestival.

Wheel of Happiness

Diana has given out a lot of prizes spinning the Wheel of Happiness, and a lot more is to come during the month of February. If you win a book, check it for the gold, silver or bronze ticket for major prizes.

If you don’t attend, you can’t win. Invite your friends, fans and family and cast the authors’ event on your TV.

PopUp Book Shop

Visit the festival PopUp Book Shop to meet your next favorite book. It will be up only during the festival month. So do not procrastinate.

http://www.pagespromotions.com/feb21shop.html#/

Register on Zoom

Don’t forget to register for tonight’s poetry and short story readings at 8 p.m.

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_j5NEnqg-TJuqedWh7JuovQ?fbclid=IwAR1lgWWg9kp4MT6ecBEANZ2aLBsbkPy6-0lSDD-r0pZFmiigGKrvrWiOD0Q

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Festival Pop Up Book Shop

Check out the Pop Up Shop during the Pages Promotions Virtual Book Festival open in February.

The idea for the PopUp Book Shop was simple.

“I wanted to make it easy for readers to find the books they fell in love with at the Blind Date events,” said festival organizer Diana Plopa of Pages Promotions, LLC.

The PopUp Book Shop is a single URL that connects readers with everyone at the Festival.

“By making it easier, I am hoping that more readers will buy Indie Author books, ” said Plopa.

http://www.pagespromotions.com/feb21shop.html#/

The virtual PopUp Book Shop will only be on the website until the end of the Festival. It will go away on March 1.

Just like in a regular bookstore you search by genre.

“Hopefully this will spur people on to buy rather than procrastinate,” said Plopa.

For those who books from different sources, book plates with authors’ signatures are available.

Find your next favorite book. Meet your next favorite author at the festival. Tonight will be a night of horror and the paranormal.

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February Newsletter

Love is in the air


 Happy Valentine’s Day

As I look outside my studio window, I see snow falling on my lovely garden. The hydrangeas now have white caps and soon they will look surreal like in the summer and fall, except they won’t have any green leaves. Considering that we live in Michigan and it’s the end of January, it was inevitable. And a lot folks wanted it.
At times it seemed like in one of my short stories “Waiting for Snow” from Shifting Sands: Secrets where the main character Colin is literally praying for snow so he can use his toys.
On the contrary, I always hope for a miracle that somehow, we will skip snow. The only things that carry me in the deadbeat of winter are warm visions of Valentine wishes, roses and chocolates. However, no warm Florida this year still due to COVID-19 and since I often travel around Valentine’s, I don’t want to miss sending love wishes to my parents. Ella and Vaclav. They are the main characters in my new book “Greenwich Meridian Memoir.” Dad usually buys us a box of chocolates and flowers.

The memoir is an epic story about our emigration from former Czechoslovakia to the USA spanning half a century and two generations.

 
Winter virtual book fest


 
But this year something new popped up on the horizon. It’s the third Virtual Book Festival featuring more than 50 authors in February. The theme is “Blind Date with a Book” organized by Pages Promotions, LLC.
It is the brainchild of author Diana Kathryn Wolfe-Plopa.
“Since the advent of COVID-19, and all the in-person book festivals being cancelled, I wanted to find a way to help other authors connect with readers,” said Plopa, “and to help other authors connect with readers, as well.”
Plopa said she’s always had a passion for the Indie Author and this was one more way to show that spirit.
“Just because we’re Indie doesn’t mean that we’re “less than” the trad authors,” she said. “We deserve the same level of promotion and engagement as they get…the only problem is we have a much smaller budget. So that’s why I decided to go virtual.”
Plopa has held physical festivals in the past, so this seemed like the next logical step.
And the idea for the theme came from watching old clips of the old Dating Game TV program on YouTube.
“I thought it would be a fun, different, and kinda wacky way to introduce authors and their books to readers in a way that might capture their attention and get them to buy,” Plopa said.

Join us by clicking:
http:// #ppvirtualbookfestival https://www.facebook.com/events/153849246500703 http://www.pagespromotions.com/virtual-book-festival.html#/
 
Excerpt from “Waiting for Snow”

 It was January in the new year of the Earth Pig, and there was still no snow on the ground. Green stalks of grass and weeds were peeking out of the ground and laughing in the wind at the parked snowmobiles with no riders. Other equipment like snowplows and snowblades was idling too.
The eager machines just sat still waiting in the front and backyards. Mother Earth was refusing to cooperate on one side, on the other side she released her wrath on the coastal states.
The Midwest was sleeping its winter dream dipped into dry freeze and after the holiday blues. A man in the tiny community of Paris put some water in his coffee maker. The year-round Christmas tree was still lit and cast colorful lights on the modest kitchen with a broken cabinet underneath the kitchen sink. He stored a bucket with a rag there for his chores; now this was a habit from the old country in Europe.
The first morning cigarette of the day was the best one. He deeply inhaled and let out the smoke in gray circles. One wall of the mobile home was an entire mirror divided into three separate sections. He often walked to the mirror to look at himself. But just before looking in the mirror, Colin had to look outside. He pulled aside the checkered racing flag that was covering the window overlooking the front yard with a view on Paris Road.
Colin had to move through a set of obstacles to get to the window. These were large train layouts taking up the entire living room. Colin’s mom called it a fire safety hazard, so would the firemen.
The green and yellow grass lacked the coveted white cover. Colin carefully stepped outside on the wooden steps to make sure there was no snow. He went to the green snowmobile with the new permit and a full tank of gas.
Paris sat on an extensive trail system close to a county park with a welded miniature of the Eifel Tower. The community had a motel, a pizza parlor and a general store “Papa’s;” all located on the trail.
Colin, always wearing a train conductor’s black hat, called himself “The Trainman.”

Links to Emma’s book campaign 

Something Something podcast

https://www.stitcher.com/show/something-something-podcast-2/episode/something-something-about-emma-palova-80034301 

Minddog TV with Matt Nappo

https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/minddogtv-your/meet-the-author-emma-palova-ExFcyr6KoLW/

LA Wave

http://wavepublication.com/author-shares-compelling-story-of-immigration-in-new-memoir/

WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin

https://www.wgvunews.org/post/greenwich-meridian

Grand Rapids Magazine spotlight

https://www.grmag.com/people-places/city/local-author-spotlight-emma-palova/

Big Rapids Pioneer

https://www.bigrapidsnews.com/insider/article/Czechoslovakia-to-Big-Rapids-Author-nbsp-tells-15728920.php

The Lowell Ledger

https://www.thelowellledger.com/new-memoir-by-emma-palova-about-family-s-escape-from-communism

Emma’s books on Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/Emma-Palova/e/B0711XJ6GY%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share