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This collection of poems spans the life of Bob Perdue. Poems that mourn lost friendship, celebrate family members, and friends, speak of the joys of everyday life: work, talking with friends, fishing, just living life. The book’s final poem is “The List”, which is an ongoing tribute to the Luverne Class of ‘68 and the members who have passed away.

This book can be purchased in paperback through Amazon at this link.

The Cloud Riders by Donnie R Griggs is the first book in a series about  a friendly, peace-loving people who live among the clouds. They build their homes, gather food from the mountaintops and take care of each other. This title includes two stories: “Introduction of the Cloud Riders” and “A Day with the Cloud Riders”.

This will make a great gift for any kid, especially those who love to imagine things and watch the skies for interesting stuff.

It’s available on Amazon here.

 

 

 

Author: Beth R - Categories: books and movies,family and friends,writing

I’ve been using CreateSpace (Amazon’s print on demand service) for several years now, and I have also been using Smashwords for ebook production. Both are great services- they do all the bookkeeping, collect and submit taxes and allow you to see how your books are doing…

I’ve recently looked into branching out into hard cover books as well – NookPress is now offering this service, making hard cover books available on the Barnes and Noble site.  I’m still doing a little research- and I have seen a couple of limits but I hope we’ll be able to work around those soon.

As I finish doing this research, and have some hard cover books available, I’ll post updates here.

Author: Beth R - Categories: books and movies

Birthday Surprise, a labor of love by author David Tadlock and artist Kayla Landrum,  is almost done! Within the next week, the soft cover book will be available on Amazon, and soon after as an ebook; we are also looking at the possibility of a hard cover version. (Edited: the book can now be purchased here in paperback. Hardback copies will be available shortly.)

I think two of the reasons I’m so excited about this project is that David and Kayla are good friends of mine- it’s so good to see such a sweet book come to life. The other reason- David and Kayla both have donated their services so proceeds from the sale of the soft cover will support the efforts of the Crenshaw County Animal Society.  You just can’t ask for a better blessing than to be a part of such a great effort.

Be watching in the next few days for links to purchase the book!

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Author: Beth R - Categories: books and movies,family and friends

How have I not told you about this book already?! Seven Little Postmen is the story of a little boy who mails a letter to grandma. What happens to the letter along the way? You’ll need to get it to see what happens.

I had never heard of this book until my own kids were grown and I had grandkids. In fact, I happened across a copy in a bookstore soon after my husband started working at the post office. I bought that copy then, and I’ve purchased several more for other grands since then.

A cute story with wonderful illustrations; I’ve often wondered why the post office doesn’t market this book and sell in local post offices since they sell other merchandise… they’re missing a marketing idea!

Author: Beth R - Categories: books and movies,family and friends

Transforming Minds by Larry D. Williams is a book of devotions that will transform the way you think about yourself and the life that God has given you to live. You have so much more power through Jesus Christ than you know! Take hold of that power and use it for the glory of God!

Transforming Minds is available on Amazon and other online bookstores and will soon be available as an ebook.

Down This Dirt Road,  the second book from the mind of Danny C. Hall, is now available from Amazon at the link above or here.

Both this book and his first, “What Is It With Me?” are a collection of short stories that is reminiscent of other southerners like Jerry Clower or Lewis Grizzard. Some are knee-slappers, and some are thought-provoking; and then there are the ones that require a box of tissues nearby.

We believe you’ll enjoy this book as much as the first one.

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Author: Beth R - Categories: books and movies,the writers life

Book Clubs

07/07/17

If you’ve written a book, or are in the process of writing, you should consider reaching out to local book clubs. Like most other groups, they are always looking for new and interesting speakers for their meetings.

Some things to consider:

  • Ask if they are willing for you to bring copies of your book to sell – if so, make sure you bring someone to help you. They can sell and make change while you visit with the members and guests. (And make sure you get your new readers’ contact information. You may want to follow up with them about how they enjoyed the book.)  Another person to get pictures without interfering with the meeting is also a good idea.
  • Whether they allow you to bring your books or not, consider giving a copy of your book to the president as a “thank you” for allowing you to come.  While you are helping them, they are helping you even more, by allowing you to get your name and book in front of people.
  • Make sure your presentation does not “hard sell” your book. You are a writer, so they will expect you to talk about it, but instead of trying to sell your book, talk about how you came to write it, or what inspired you. Even better, tell them about a book you read that changed your life and outlook.
  • Take plenty of business cards with you- there are bound to be other budding writers who would like to correspond with you. You’ll be able to encourage them and you’ll both be better for the relationship.
  • Make sure you write a “thank you” note to the group for allowing you to come. Most folks today have lost a sense of gratefulness, so when you display it, it will stand out in people’s minds- and besides, it’s the right thing to do!
  • Check with the group’s secretary to see if submitting an article for the paper would be appropriate. It will be good publicity for you, but it will also shine a light on the group; make sure you include all the pertinent information about the group in case others are interested in joining.

My faith encourages me to help others; yours may do the same. Either way, it’s always a good thing to help others. Goodness rolls around and will eventually find it’s way back to you

Author: Beth R - Categories: books and movies,marketing,the writers life

Thank God for Boll Weevils is set in southern Alabama- Enterprise and Troy to be exact. Because I live near both places, many of the family names and locations are very familiar with me.

I remember studying Alabama history in 4th grade – the story of the boll weevils and the monument was told then, but it seemed very dry to me… this story has given life and color to the story, making it personal to me. Seeing how historical figures lived, and seeing how their actions affected our area makes it real to me.

It’s a great story and has characters that are well thought out and developed. The story brings you in immediately and you know these people who are going through the struggles before them.

You can find the book on Amazon – check it out!

Author: Beth R - Categories: books and movies,the writers life,writing

I had a friend comment on my newest Facebook profile picture (me in my motorcycle helmet, ready to ride), that she wished she’d learned to ride years ago. She seemed to think it was too late for her to learn- I hope my response assured her otherwise. Because until you can’t physically sit up on a bike, you can learn.  You might need a trike to do it, but you can do it.

It’s the same with any new thing you’re interested in… I have an 81 year young friend who has decided to learn how to use Photoshop to edit her pictures, add scriptures to them and print and mail to folks to encourage them. She’s made up her mind…. and that’s what it takes.

And if the good Lord has given you a story to tell… well I guess you best be about telling it. Write it down, record it on a tape recorder, share it on Facebook- tell it however you can. Someone else needs to hear it.

And if you decide it needs to be in book form- well, you can talk to me and we’ll see if we can’t figure out a way to make that happen, too.

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