Saturday, June 21, 2014

Summer Shorts II

Summer Shorts II : Best Kept Secrets
Digital copy now available for FREE on Smashwords!
A varied collection of short stories from a great group of authors.
Something for everyone to enjoy.
I am pleased to be part of this collection.  I hope you enjoy it!

Smashwords:
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Expires: Jult 5, 2014

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Summer Shorts II

Looking for a good new read this summer?  Check out Summer Shorts II : Best Kept Secrets, due out June 21st.  My work, as well as work from a number of different writers, will be included in this collection.



See a sneak preview on Youtube:
Summer Shorts II trailer

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Toy Garden - FREE

Looking for a quick tale to enjoy?  How about some flash fiction horror?  Right now you can read about little Margaret and her Toy Garden for FREE!  Find it on Smashwords or any site with ebooks.  (Make sure your adult filter is set to OFF on Smashwords to be able to download this free ebook.)


If you enjoy Toy Garden please check out the continuation of the story in the Toy Garden Flash Fiction Trilogy.


Sunday, December 8, 2013

Toy Garden Flash Fiction Trilogy

Just released!
Have you been wondering what Margaret and her Toy Garden have been up to?  Now you can find out. Just published on Smashwords, Toy Garden Flash Fiction Trilogy.  There are two new stories, plus new inserts, and excerpts from Margaret's personal diary.  She has even written a Christmas poem, which is included at the end of the book.  What a remarkable little girl.  I can't wait to see what surprises she has in store for the new year.
TGFF Trilogy is on sale right now for only $0.99!  And if that isn't an already great deal, all proceeds from the sale of the book, generated between now and Christmas, will go to charity.
Thanks for stopping by, Margaret really likes it when she has company.
Enjoy your holidays!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Believe in Me

In the late ‘70s/early-‘80s, Kenny Rogers had a major hit with the song “The Gambler”. I remember that song well, even though I was very young when it first came out. The lines to the chorus are running through my head right now as I type this: “You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away, and know when to run…”
The cover for BELIEVE IN ME was the first one that I ever tried to create for myself. It was good, I thought. Other people said it was nice… But when I compared it to the covers of the bestsellers out there, there was something that was missing. I finally put my finger on what it was – the professional edge.
I’d taken a gamble in developing my own cover, and after a year or so, it became clear that BELIEVE IN ME needed a professional face lift; that is, this became clearer to me once I started working with professional artist Barbara Ivie Green on a cover for another one of my books (my upcoming historical novel, THE FADING SUN).
It was instant, love at first sight. Barbara took my story ideas, and she made my characters come to life right before my eyes. I was amazed and so excited. I couldn’t wait to share this amazing cover with the rest of the world. So, without further ado, here it is.



Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Book Exhibits, A Potential Source of Sales by A. R. Silverberry


Book fairs are a potentially lucrative source of sales that are neglected by many indie authors. They don’t have to be! If you’ve got a physical book, book exhibits are a huge source of potential book sales. Book exhibits serve libraries and booksellers, and are regional, national, and international. Let’s start with libraries. With over 117,000 public, school, and college libraries in the United States, libraries are estimated to be a five-billion-dollar market. But you can tap the international market, too. You’re probably asking, “How do I do that? I can’t possibly visit all of them.” Right, you can’t. But what you can do is show your books at library shows.

These shows take place at regional, State, and national conventions. The national conventions have huge foot traffic, affording your book visibility. Libraries specializing in a specific niche are likely to send representatives seeking books in that niche, a boon to you if your book fits the bill. The regional and State shows have less attendees, but those who do attend are usually the acquisition librarians, who have the authority to make purchases. Regional and State shows include the California Library Association, Michigan Reading Association, and the Pennsylvania School Library Association, to name a few. National shows are the American Association of School Librarians, the American Library Association, the Public Library Association, and the National Education Association.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Simple Simon

Now available on Smashwords for FREE!  Flash fiction horror, the second in a series.  Look for the trilogy to be released soon.



Haven't read the first story, Toy Garden, yet?  You can find it for FREE also, on Smashwords.




Thursday, October 10, 2013

Bethlehem's Baby

Do you remember singing Christmas carols as a kid? What about this one: “While shepherds washed their socks by night / And sleet fell on the ground…”? Or “We three kings of Orion Tar / Two in a taxi and one in a car…”?

Then there’s the kid who drew a black blob on top of Joseph’s staff in her crib scene. “What’s the black blob for?” asked the teacher. “It’s a flea ‘cause the angel said to take Mary and Jesus and flea into Egypt.”
You won’t find these stories in the book, Bethlehem’s Baby. There, the shepherds are probably barefoot, and the old man hates loud noises at night, so who knows what he’ll make of a heavenly choir? The kings are wise men from a Babylon university. Their research student studied ancient tomes to work out what the bright star meant, but of course, no-one remembers the wise research student.
In another story, a small boy wonders if God told Zechariah to hush when he lost his voice after meeting with an angel. A child in the Temple wonders why God wants smelly pigeons. And a girl asks, “Are we nearly there yet?” as her parents trek from Jerusalem into Egypt.
With forty bed-time, supper-time, nap-time, five-minute read-aloud stories, for Christmas or any other time, illustrated with forty color pictures in classic style, and finished with meticulous author’s notes, Bethlehem’s Baby invites children and their parents into the real, historical, fascinating world of that first Christmas. No fleas, no socks and no taxis, but Roman soldiers march the streets, distant emperors utter decrees, rebellious citizens seek a leader, and a child is born.

Blurb:
Meet the Emperor Augustus’s advisors, the quiet research student helping wise men study stars, the shepherd whose granddad keeps complaining, an Egyptian fisherboy, a Roman soldier, and more in this set of 40 5-minute read-aloud stories based around the events of the Christ Child’s birth in Bethlehem.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Destiny

Constantly teased and taunted by the popular girls, Elena Baxter desperately wants to fit in. On her sweet sixteenth, she receives two shocking gifts: telekinesis and the surprising truth about her heritage. With high hopes that things will be different now, Elena returns to school to find that nothing has changed. Only this time her hurt feelings and frustration boil into something even she cannot understand.
When her powers explode, chaos ensues and she learns that her new ability is greater than she ever desired. As she learns to control her powers, Elena discovers there’s so much more to her heritage than she ever imagined.
Excerpt:

As Elena bounded back up the stairs, her mom watched, smiling, thinking about the last 16 years, and of all this next one would bring. She knew there would be a lot of changes, more so than Elena could possibly know, and she was looking forward to every one of them. She could hardly wait for Isabel’s arrival the next day so they could finally tell Elena the truth about who she was, and help her to blossom and start to become whom she was meant to be.

Andrea Buginsky is a freelance writer and author. “The Chosen,” a middle-grade fantasy novelette, was her first book, and was followed by “My Open Heart,” an autobiography about growing up with heart disease. “Nature’s Unbalance” is the second story in THE CHOSEN series. Andrea is currently working on another series: a YA fantasy. To learn more about Andrea, visit her on her website.

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Toy Garden

I am pleased to announce the release of my latest work, Toy Garden.  It is a flash fiction horror story.  It is about a little girl, Margaret, who has a garden.  However, her garden doesn't contain the typical vegetation you might see growing elsewhere.  It is available for FREE on Smashwords.  Please take a look, and make sure your adult filter is set to OFF.  You won't want to miss this one, Margaret would be very angry if you did.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Finding My Way Back

This week I am pleased to host author Fran Veal.  Her latest book, Finding My Way Back, has just been released.  I have read it, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for an exciting story.
Three weeks ago I walked in while my parents were being murdered.  I escaped, but I need to put my life back together again.  There's just one problem - I don't know where to begin.

My parents weren't who I thought they were.
My best friend isn't who I thought he was.
The killer isn't who I thought he was.
And scariest of all, I'm not who I thought I was.

FINDING MY WAY BACK is a Young Adult tale of adventure, self-discovery and romance, with a twist of the paranormal. It's the sequel to the Kindle bestseller FINDING MY ESCAPE.

Fran Veal fell in love with the book Little Women in the third grade, and that was the spark that ignited her desire to write.  If Jo could write then she felt she could, too.  Her first attempt at writing stories was in the fifth grade when she began writing and drawing a cartoon for her friends.  The drawing, to be honest, was terrible, but the stories must have been pretty decent because a friend recently informed her she'd kept some of them because “she always knew Fran would be a writer someday. Fran graduated to writing romance in ninth grade, which was more interesting and, no, there were no pictures (much to the readers' relief).

It wasn’t until Fran had a teen daughter of her own that she actually began writing again.  Finding My Escape was her debut novel.  The sequel, Finding My Way Back will be released August 23, 2013 with the third and final book in the series coming out in early 2014.  She’s also working on a comedy geared more toward adults, Five Strikes, with fellow writer, Bryden Lloyd. 

Fran currently resides in the beautiful city of Murfreesboro, TN with her husband of twenty-seven years, fifteen year old daughter, and one extremely snarky cat.