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Directions to Books Alive author event in Ludington

The Ludington DDA has just sent a notice that people should not turn off Ludington Avenue at Harrison St, which is the way I suggested everyone come in to our location on Loomis Street. Because Loomis is one way east of Harrison, I’ve attached a little map with an alternate route. From US 10, turn S on Washington Ave (traffic light). Go 2 blocks to Filer St, turn R (west). Go to Harrison St and turn R (north) one block to Loomis. 

Authors will be able to drive to your booth to unload, and will then need to park on a side street. If you attended last year, neither of the parking lots you may remember near the Arts Center are public any more, so think street parking!
Volunteers will need to help with directing this, and possibly moving traffic barriers. We are being cautioned to move the barriers back into place after every entry/exit!
See you tomorrow

Joan

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Come to Ludington for a good read

Michigan authors come to Ludington for Books Alive event

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By Emma Palova

EW Emma’s Writings

Ludington, MI – The 2019 Books Alive in Ludington runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in conjunction with Friday Night Live on Loomis St. between James & Rath Streets on July 19.

The multiple-author event will feature 18 Michigan authors representing different genres from mysteries to fantasy romance and everything in between.

I will be there with my new book “Secrets” from the Shifting Sands Short Stories series. It is a collection of 15 short stories with the main historical fiction story “Silk Nora” (c) 2019.

Come and meet your next favorite book; all genres will be represented. Support Michigan authors.

Below is the final full list of participating authors in alphabetical order:

Angela Berent                 

Diane Burton                   

Pamela Cameron     

Michael Carrier              

Jean Davis                       

Jason Gillikin                   

S.F. Hardy                   

Bonnie Jeane-Marie          

Barbara Kompik              

Dominic Malual              

Elizabeth Myette             

Emma Palova                   

Penny Quillan              

Susan Ream                    

Rebecca Thaddeus     

Grace Truman                  

Joan Young                   

Muriel Zandstra

You can still send your bios and pics into Emma at emmapalova@yahoo.com for updates for Michigan authors events.

For some bios and pics go to:            

https://emmapalova.com/2019/06/29/books-alive/

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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.

joan-young

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).

Carrier

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.

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

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

SF Hardy

 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.

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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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Emma in 2019

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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