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.

Author Steve Boughton pens Francisco Takes Flight

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-vrebv-1334bef

In his debut book, author Steve Boughton uses Detroit as the main setting for his Francisco Takes Flight.

“I fell in love with the city,” he said. “I wanted to showcase the beauty of the city.”

His Chilean flamenco gets to fly all over the city. At first, Boughton only intended the book for his friends and family. But the project grew with the help of collaborators, editor and wife Beth Boughton, and a childhood friend illustrator Jesse Faye.

His website is franciscoandfriends.com which is where the book can be purchased (it is also available at Schuler books, a novel concept in Lansing, and the Detroit zoo gift shop!) also a portion of all copies sold is donated to the Detroit zoo!

Listen for a chance to win an autographed copy of Francisco Takes Flight.

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

Author Carol Nickles pens Thumb Fire Desire

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-wuxsw-1334a75

This historical fiction novel was inspired by the biggest natural disaster in Michigan-the fire of 1881. Author Carol Nickles kept the idea for the story along with notes in a box for close to 20 years.

Then she decided either she was going to write the story or burn the box, and that’s how Thumb Fire Desire was born with the help of a developmental editor.

“I’ve always wanted to tell this story,” she said.

Listen to this inspiring interview for a chance to win an autographed copy of Thumb Fire Desire.

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

 

NaNoWriMo 2022 grand finale delivers accomplishment, new books

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-s5fjm-13328b1

So, you’ve worked hard writing every day in November in NaNoWriMo, and you won. Listen in to the winners in this year’s NaNoWriMo, authors Jean Davis, Vera West, and Emma Palova.

“I wish I had this advise many years ago,” Palova said.

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

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2022 December holiday episodes

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to find your next favorite read

SCHEDULE OF GUESTS for December 2022

Join us for a full month of holiday episodes in December.


 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

December Schedule

Special episode NaNoWriMo grand finale with Jean Davis, Vera West and Emma Palova, Dec 7

Steve Boughton, Francesco Takes Flight, Dec. 9

Carol Nickles, Thumbfire Desire, Dec. 9

Janet Vormittag, Cat Women of West Michigan, Dec. 16

Ann Dalmann, Cady and the Birchbark Box, Dec. 16

Herman Hunter, The Wizard’s Stone, Dec. 23

Karen Tintori, Unto the Daughters, Dec. 30

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

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Deals on Emma’s books to celebrate NaNoWriMo victory, free shipping

I will not be at West Catholic Central tomorrow Dec.3 Please order books below. I offer free shipping. Books make great gifts and souvenirs.

I logged in 50,036 words with my sequel to The Lost Town in the NaNoWriMo 50K word challenge this morning at 9 a.m.

To celebrate my third-time win in National Novel Writing Month, all my books will be 20 percent off until midnight EST on Nov. 30 for the duration of the challenge.

From an aspiring writer to a published author

Use promo code NaNo22 in the PayPal checkout.

SCHEDULE OF GUESTS for December 2022


 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

December Schedule

Steve Boughton, Francesco Takes Flight, Dec. 2

Janet Vormittag, Cat Women of West Michigan, Dec. 9

Herman Hunter, The Wizard’s Stone, Dec. 16

Karen Tintori, The Daughters, Dec. 23

Carol Nickles, Thumbfire Desire, Dec. 30

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

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First Sunday of Advent, Day 27 of NaNoWriMo

Happy holiday season 2022, may the light shine on into the long winter nights

I logged in 48,415 words in the NaNoWriMo 50k word challenge on this First Sunday of Advent as I watched Fr. Dat Tran dressed in Advent blue approach the altar at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Grand Rapids for the Sunday mass at 10:30 a.m.

And sudden warmth and light flooded not only the cathedral but my heart as well. If I hadn’t been writing for the last 27 days, there would have been only the darkness of a blank page. So many people want the light of a new story, a new beginning. And that is Advent. The beginning of a new liturgical year and new stories waiting to be told.

This time I prayed for the success of the challenge, not just for me but all of us, so the stories can enlighten the world in its darkness. The purpose of the challenge is not only to reach the 50k -word- goal but to help young aspiring authors. I feel I have done that, and that I will continue the noble goal of inspiring others to reach for the light. In the name of Chiara, Vera, Ashley and all.

You are the reason why I write.

To be continued..

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