Author Spotlight – Jennifer Ashley

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Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is excited to shine our Friday Spotlight on historical mystery and romance author Jennifer Ashley. She also writes mysteries as Ashley Gardner, and more romance and contemporary fantasy as Allyson James. She’s written, to date, more than 100 novels and novellas. She’s won awards, hit the New York Times and USA Today bestsellers lists and has earned starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist. She writes a lot, because she enjoys making up stories.

Thanks so much for joining us, Jennifer! My first question is, Where can people find your work? (Besides Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester –though they should totally check here first!)

My work is available everywhere. I have several series published by Berkley (Below Stairs Mysteries, Mackenzies historical romance series, Shifters Unbound paranormal series) that are in bookstores as well as online. I also self-publish quite a number of mysteries and romances—those are all available online at all the vendors (Amazon, Apple, B&N, Kobo, Google). My self-pubs are available in print as well as e-book, and also in audio.

How can we follow your work and share your awesomeness?

I have a website I update frequently: https://www.jenniferashley.com. You can also follow me on Twitter (jennallyson), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/JenniferAshleyAllysonJamesAshleyGardner), and BookBub (https://www.bookbub.com/authors/jennifer-ashley)

For readers unfamiliar with your work, how would you describe what you write?  What can readers expect from your books??

I write many things! I have several series I’m currently working on, from historical mystery (the Below Stairs Mysteries and the Captain Lacey Regency mysteries) to romance—historical Scottish, contemporary cowboy, and paranormal—to contemporary fantasy (Stormwalker).

From all my books, readers can expect humor and emotion, characters with lots of personality, action adventure (in most), and in the romances, fiery passion. The mysteries have no love scenes, but developing romance threads through them. I hope readers can find something they like in one of my many different series.

 

 

What is your favorite part of being a writer?  Of the whole writing and publishing process?  What do you think has been your greatest lesson in the journey thus far?

My favorite part of being a writer is setting my own hours. I hate to work to someone else’s clock! If I feel like working at 3 am and napping at 2 pm, I do it. That said, I do make a schedule for myself so I can finish books and get them published—either turning them into my traditional publisher or scheduling my self-pubbed books.

I think my greatest lesson learned is to set my own deadlines and meet them as best I can. Also to forgive myself if I can’t. Life happens. I do my best to finish things on time, and so even if a dental emergency takes me out for a few days or my husband breaks his knee, or whatever, I am not that far behind. But I cut myself some slack if I have to delay publication of a book.

What piece of advice would you want to share with other writers?

Don’t give up. Being a writer has to be one of the most discouraging professions ever. Just when you think you’ve written the best thing of your life, you get a snarling review, or your editor doesn’t like it, or someone does something similar but more popular and gets lauded while you are ignored. It happens to everyone. Or your sales don’t grow as you think they should, or you can’t think what to do next or how to sustain momentum.

It can be very discouraging. The only way to fight that is to love what you write—why make it harder by writing what you dislike because someone said it would sell? Often what catches a reader’s attention is something different, unique, and not the same old, same old.

Don’t let the setbacks stop you. It’s easy to quit. But if you truly want to be a writer, professionally, you have to take the setbacks in stride, and keep going.

It’s not a bad thing to take a break when things get too stressful, but if this is your calling, then don’t let anything stop you, including yourself.

What is/are your passions when you’re not writing? How do you make time for your non-writing hobbies/things you love?

I have a number of non-writing things that interest me. I build dollhouses and dollhouse miniatures, which is great therapy and a good way to wind down from stress. The mini world is a wonderful one. I take classes, I go to shows, I meet other miniaturists. I overheard a miniaturist at a show say “It’s nice to be with people where you don’t have to explain what a miniature is.” She was so right!

My other passion is music. I play guitar and piano, and while I’m not proficient, I like to challenge myself to play harder pieces and learn new songs, and grow as a musician. I doubt I’ll be performing soon, but I love to play, and also go to concerts and listen to other great musicians. Many of my friends are musicians (and far better than I am, trust me), and it’s great to hang out with them and play and listen. I learn so much from them.

I also have a growing interest in astronomy—love to go outside at night and stargaze (what I can see from the middle of a city) and identify the stars, planets, and constellations. I haven’t invested in a telescope yet, but I use binoculars through which you can see a surprising amount.

Who knows what I’ll take an interest in next?

While you’re writing, do you prefer music, silence, other? Please elaborate!

I love music when I’m writing. It gets me into the story like nothing else. But—it has to be music without words. I listen to a lot of guitarists, jazz musicians, instrumentalists. Have found so many new-to-me musicians looking for this kind of music. Many aren’t well known commercially, but they are so, so talented!

Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer our questions, Jennifer! Maybe some day we can get you to come to our little store here in Central Massachusetts!

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Events Buzz Monday: Swiftly Fleeting Summer

It seems as though we were just writing about the beginning of beach books season, and now we’re in the midst of back-to-school sales and last-minute required reads for students heading into the classroom for the new term.

  • Our New Arrivals shelf is overflowing with used book trade-ins, and we continue to add to our publisher displays of new books for children, teens, and adults, as well as our  vintage titles from the 1890s to the 1970s.
  • Our new books are discounted at either 20%, 25%, 30%, 40% and 50% off list prices for your shopping needs.  As always, our used books range from 50% to 90% off of cover price, and there are additional savings for our newsletter subscribers.  We also offer an educator discount for teachers, certified homeschoolers, and licensed daycare centers.
  • Our selection changes daily, with customer trade-ins of used titles as well as shipments from publishers and wholesalers.  You are bound to find something for any interest, and we take special orders and do book searches as well.
  • Don’t forget! We also offer “from our door to your door” mail order fulfillment, just one of the many ways in which we serve you, our customers, as Worcester’s full-service bookstore.

We had a wonderful time with author Marie LeClaire this past weekend.  Autographed copies of her interconnected magical realism titles THE LAST YARD SALE and A SOLDIER’S LAST MISSION are now in stock and ready for purchase.

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Thank you also to all the teachers and homeschoolers who came out for our annual Educator Appreciation Sale last week, and to everyone who got to reap the benefits of the 2019 Massachusetts sales tax holiday.  We saw lots of new faces who hopefully will become old friends.

Here’s our schedule for upcoming events… As a reminder, the majority of our events here at ABSW are free and open to the public. Check out our page on SocialWeb.net!  


 

RECURRING EVENT: Monday, August 19, 7PM-9PM – Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social! Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

RECURRING EVENT: Sunday, August 25, 2PM-3PM – Doctor Who Monthly Meetup! Join us for a monthly meeting of fans as we talk about the world’s longest-running science fiction series and its classic and modern incarnations – television, novels, audios, comics, and more. This is a kid-friendly and adult-friendly gathering; all are welcome.

RECURRING EVENT: Monday, August 26, 7PM-9PM – The Free People’s Artists Workshop! This critique group meets on the fourth Monday of each month. Networking and feedback from other artists and creators of all types. Co-sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association.

RECURRING EVENT: Monday, September 2, 7PM-9PM – Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social! Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

SPECIAL EVENT [OFFSITE}: Saturday, September 7, starting at 11AM – Join us on the Worcester Common Oval where we’ll have a table at the 2019 Worcester Pride Festival!  We will have new and used LGBTQIA titles for sale for adults and kids.

SPECIAL EVENT [IN-STORE]: Saturday, September 7 at 3PM – Book Signing with Hank Phillippi Ryan! Investigative journalist and NYT bestselling author Hank Phillippi Ryan joins us for an afternoon of suspense and intrigue as she signs her latest novel THE MURDER LIST.

RECURRING EVENT: Monday, September 9, 7PM-9PM – Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social! Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

SPECIAL EVENT: Saturday, September 14, 6PM–8PM – Rainbow Readers Discusses IN OTHER LANDS by Sarah Rees Brennan. The Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts is an LGBTQIA book club that meets once a month. All are welcome!

RECURRING EVENT: Monday, September 16, 7PM-9PM – Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social! Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

RECURRING EVENT: Monday, September 23, 7PM-9PM – The Free People’s Artists Workshop! This critique group meets on the fourth Monday of each month. Networking and feedback from other artists and creators of all types. Co-sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association.

SPECIAL EVENT: Thursday, September 26 at 6PM – Fantasy Author D.J. Butler Reads And Signs! Join us for a fabulous evening with Dave [D.J.] Butler, author of the folk magic / alternate history titles WITCHY EYE and WITCHY WINTER, as we celebrate the release of his newest title WITCHY KINGDOM. Dave is also the author of the middle grade fantasy series THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF CLOCKWORK CHARLIE. Expect tall tales,laughter and music; all ages welcome.

RECURRING EVENT: Sunday, September 29, 2PM-3PM – Doctor Who Monthly Meetup! Join us for a monthly meeting of fans as we talk about the world’s longest-running science fiction series and its classic and modern incarnations – television, novels, audios, comics, and more. This is a kid-friendly and adult-friendly gathering; all are welcome.

RECURRING EVENT: Monday, September 30, 7PM-9PM – Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social! Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

Exciting things are happening at our little bookstore that’s bigger on the inside… more opportunities to serve the Worcester community… more book talks, more author signings, and more workshops.  Keep an eye on the Events Calendar on our website for more details.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

 

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Kids and Teens Wednesday: What Do Ogilvy, Dog Man, Tom Swift, and Finn Voy Have In Common?

Answer: They are the protagonists of this week’s new releases for readers of picture books, middle grade titles, and young adult literature, each with a very different focus, and each one with a tale to tell.

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  • OGILVY by Deborah Underwood and T.L. McBeth –  When Ogilvy moves to a new town, the possibilities feel endless. There are so many new bunny friends and fun things to do together! But in this town, bunnies in dresses play ball and knit socks, and bunnies in sweaters make art and climb rocks. Ogilvy wants to do everything, and won’t let a sweater or a dress get in the way.
  • DOG MAN: FOR WHOM THE BALL ROLLS by Dav Pilkey – The Supa Buddies have been working hard to help Dog Man overcome his bad habits. But when his obsessions turn to fears, Dog Man finds himself the target of an all-new supervillain! Meanwhile, Petey the Cat has been released from jail and starts a new life with Li’l Petey. But when Petey’s own father arrives, Petey must face his past to understand the difference between being good and doing good.
  • TOM SWIFT INVENTORS’ ACADEMY #2: THE SONIC BREACH by Victor Appleton – Tom gets to take all sorts of cool classes at the Swift Academy of Science and Technology, but robotics may be the one he is most excited for. Their teacher is holding a battling robot tournament, and Tom has to build a machine that will come out on top. With the final battle coming up, Tom and his friends need as much time as possible to refine their masterpiece. But the rest of their teachers have been giving so many pop quizzes that they can barely focus in class, never mind concentrate on the tournament. Naturally, everyone is frustrated with the trend…until a mysterious new phone app appears.
  • NOCTURNA by Maya Motayne – To Finn Voy, magic is two things: a knife to hold under the chin of anyone who crosses her…and a disguise she shrugs on as easily as others pull on cloaks. As a talented faceshifter, it’s been years since Finn has seen her own face, and that’s exactly how she likes it. But when Finn gets caught by a powerful mobster, she’s forced into an impossible mission: steal a legendary treasure from Castallan’s royal palace or be stripped of her magic forever.

If you are between the ages of 0 and 17, you are sure to find something to please you in our two full rooms of picture books, early readers, middle grade titles, advanced readers, and young adult books.  New books and fresh releases come in at least once a week… we look forward to having you explore our titles!

Thank you, as always, for making our shelves your destination.

 

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Speculative Fiction Tuesday: Titles From Old Friends And New Ones Not Yet Met!

This week’s F/SF releases are a varied group, ranging from seasoned talents to debut authors.

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  1. First we have DESDEMONA AND THE DEEP by C.S.E. Cooney, a fantasy novella in which the spoiled daughter of a rich mining family must retrieve the tithe of men her father promised to the world below. On the surface, her world is rife with industrial pollution that ruins the health of poor factory workers while the idle rich indulge themselves in unheard-of luxury. Below are goblins, mysterious kingdoms, and an entirely different hierarchy. We had the privilege of interviewing the author in October 2015, just prior to the release of BONE SWANS.
  2. Next is THE GOSSAMER MAGE by Julie E. Czerneda, a master of worldbuilding. From the publisher page: “Only in Tananen do people worship a single deity: the Deathless Goddess. Only in this small, forbidden realm are there those haunted by words of no language known to woman or man. The words are Her Gift, and they summon magic… Mage scribes learn to write Her words as intentions: spells to make beasts or plants, designed to any purpose. If an intention is flawed, what the mage creates is a gossamer: a magical creature as wild and free as it is costly for the mage.”
  3. Then we have SHROUDED LOYALTIES by Reese Hogan, a military science fiction novel. Naval officer Mila Blackwood is determined to keep her country’s most powerful secret – shrouding, the ability to traverse their planet in seconds through an alternate realm – out of enemy hands. But spies are everywhere: her submarine has been infiltrated by a Dhavnak agent, and her teenage brother has been seduced by an enemy soldier. When Blackwood’s submarine is attacked by a monster, she and fellow sailor, Holland, are marked with special abilities, whose manifestations could end the war – but in whose favor? Forced to submit to military scientists in her paranoid and war-torn home, Blackwood soon learns that the only people she can trust might also be the enemy.
  4. Finally we come to LIES OF DESCENT by Troy Carrol Bucher, a swords-and-sorcery title from a debut author, first in the series FALLEN GODS’ WAR. The Fallen Gods’ War drove the remnants of a victorious army across the ocean in search of a new homeland. A thousand years later, the lifeless continent of Draegora is largely forgotten, a symbol for the regiments that remain. Demons to some. Protectors to others. The power of their god-touched blades has forged a nation, though many resent their absolute control… Riam and Nola are unknowing descendants of the old world. When it’s discovered they carry enough Draegoran blood to serve in the regiments, they are dragged away from their families to begin training. If they survive, they will be expected to enforce the laws of the covenant, to fight the Esharii tribesmen who raid along the border, and to be judge, jury, and executioners for those accused of crimes.

Thank you, as always, for making our shelves your destination.

 

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Events Buzz Monday: Changes Afoot!

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Like Worcester’s own Main Street Reimagined project, we continue to make beautification efforts here at our little bookstore that’s bigger on the inside.

Come check out our new beverages station, where you can get complementary coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and water.  Donations for supplies are always appreciated, but not mandatory.

We are working on expanding our display area for titles by our local authors and our event guests, many of which are autographed.

We continue to offer unparalleled service to all our customers, in person and online.

  • Peruse our New Arrivals shelf for used book trade-ins and our publisher displays of new books for children, teens, and adults, as well as our  vintage titles from the 1890s to the 1970s.
  • Our new books are discounted at either 20%, 25%, 30%, 40% and 50% off list prices for your shopping needs.  As always, our used books range from 50% to 90% off of cover price, and there are additional savings for our newsletter subscribers.  We also offer an educator discount for teachers, certified homeschoolers, and licensed daycare centers.
  • Our selection changes daily, with customer trade-ins of used titles as well as shipments from publishers and wholesalers.  You are bound to find something for any interest, and we take special orders and do book searches as well.
  • Don’t forget! We also offer “from our door to your door” mail order fulfillment, just one of the many ways in which we serve you, our customers, as Worcester’s full-service bookstore.

Our thanks to everyone who came out this past weekend to the Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts book discussion group! The title for September, IN OTHER LANDS by Sarah Rees Brennan, is now in stock and ready for purchase.

Here’s our schedule for upcoming events… As a reminder, the majority of our events here at ABSW are free and open to the public. Check out our page on SocialWeb.net!  


 

SPECIAL EVENT: Monday, August 12 through Friday August 16, ALL DAY – Educator Appreciation Week!. Just in time for back-to-school…. our annual end-of-summer sale for teachers, daycare providers and homeschoolers of students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. From Monday, August 12th through Friday, August 16th, we’re running a special 70% off sale on all educator resource materials and on selected backstock of picture books, middle reader books, and teen titles. In addition, with a valid teacher ID, educator paystub, or state-provided daycare center or homeschooler certificate, you’ll receive additional discounts on other items in stock. Educators who purchase any of our special titles will be eligible to enter our raffle to win a $75.00 gift certificate. The winner will be announced on Sunday, August 18th at noon.

SPECIAL EVENT: Saturday, August 17 & Sunday August 18, ALL DAY – Sales Tax Holiday 2019!. Support your local businesses by coming out to shop at our little bookstore that’s bigger on the inside on Saturday the 17th and Sunday the 18th, when all purchases will be tax-free! A portion of our profits from the weekend’s sales will be donated to the Worcester Youth Center.

SPECIAL EVENT: Saturday, August 17 at 1PM – Marie LeClaire Reads And Signs! Marie LeClaire writes in the genre of magical realism, drawing upon her extensive background in the Air Force to create characters that leap off the page. She’ll be reading from and signing her linked titles THE LAST YARD SALE and A SOLDIER’S LAST MISSION.

RECURRING EVENT: Monday, August 19, 7PM-9PM – Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social! Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

RECURRING EVENT: Sunday, August 25, 2PM-3PM – Doctor Who Monthly Meetup! Join us for a monthly meeting of fans as we talk about the world’s longest-running science fiction series and its classic and modern incarnations – television, novels, audios, comics, and more. This is a kid-friendly and adult-friendly gathering; all are welcome.

RECURRING EVENT: Monday, August 26, 7PM-9PM – The Free People’s Artists Workshop! This critique group meets on the fourth Monday of each month. Networking and feedback from other artists and creators of all types. Co-sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association.

RECURRING EVENT: Monday, September 2, 7PM-9PM – Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social! Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

SPECIAL EVENT [OFFSITE}: Saturday, September 7, starting at 11AM – Join us on the Worcester Common Oval where we’ll have a table at the 2019 Worcester Pride Festival!  We will have new and used LGBTQIA titles for sale for adults and kids.

SPECIAL EVENT [IN-STORE]: Saturday, September 7 at 3PM – Book Signing with Hank Phillippi Ryan! Investigative journalist and NYT bestselling author Hank Phillippi Ryan joins us for an afternoon of suspense and intrigue as she signs her latest novel THE MURDER LIST.

RECURRING EVENT: Monday, September 9, 7PM-9PM – Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social! Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

SPECIAL EVENT: Saturday, September 14, 6PM–8PM – Rainbow Readers Discusses IN OTHER LANDS by Sarah Rees Brennan. The Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts is an LGBTQIA book club that meets once a month. All are welcome!

RECURRING EVENT: Monday, September 16, 7PM-9PM – Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social! Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

RECURRING EVENT: Monday, September 23, 7PM-9PM – The Free People’s Artists Workshop! This critique group meets on the fourth Monday of each month. Networking and feedback from other artists and creators of all types. Co-sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association.

SPECIAL EVENT: Thursday, September 26 at 6PM – Marie LeClaire Reads And Signs! Marie LeClaire writes in the genre of magical realism, drawing upon her extensive background in the Air Force to create characters that leap off the page. She’ll be reading from and signing her linked titles THE LAST YARD SALE and A SOLDIER’S LAST MISSION.

RECURRING EVENT: Sunday, September 29, 2PM-3PM – Doctor Who Monthly Meetup! Join us for a monthly meeting of fans as we talk about the world’s longest-running science fiction series and its classic and modern incarnations – television, novels, audios, comics, and more. This is a kid-friendly and adult-friendly gathering; all are welcome.

RECURRING EVENT: Monday, September 30, 7PM-9PM – Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social! Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

Exciting things are happening at our little bookstore that’s bigger on the inside… more opportunities to serve the Worcester community… more book talks, more author signings, and more workshops.  Keep an eye on the Events Calendar on our website for more details.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

 

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Author Spotlight – Marie LeClaire

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Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is happy to shine our Friday spotlight on Magical Realism author Marie LeClaire. Marie will be at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester on Saturday, August 17th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM to sign her books.

Marie LeClaire has spent the past thirty years as a mental health counselor encouraging others to look beyond our sometimes limited perspective and see a bigger picture of what influences our lives and guides our behavior. She has been writing novels and short stories for the past five years. She still does a little counseling part time but her love now is purely fiction – sort of. After all, art imitates life, doesn’t it? Wandering around much of her adult life, she has come full circle and calls Worcester, Massachusetts, home.

Thanks for being here with us, Marie. Can you please tell us briefly a little about yourself and your writing? How would you like us to introduce you?

It’s always hard for me to talk about myself so I’ll give you some of the facts. I currently live in Worcester, MA, which is where I was born and raised. I left home at age 18 to join the Air Force. Yup. I only served for four years, but I certainly got bit by the travel bug. I’ve lived all over the country at one time or another, always returning home to be with family.

I started writing in 2011 when a casual conversation with friends became my first novel. I didn’t set out to write it. It wrote itself, really, forming in my brain as I wrote. The second and third (still in progress) have come in the same manner.

Where can people find your work? (Besides Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester –though they should totally check here first!)

I have a website, MLeClaire.com and I’m listed on a dozen different readers websites, Amazon and Barnes and Noble among them. My books are on the shelf locally at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester and of Northboro, and at The Booklover’s Gourmet in Webster.

How can we follow your work and share your awesomeness?

I’m on Facebook and Instagram mostly.

For readers unfamiliar with your work, how would you describe what you write?  What can readers expect from The Last Yard Sale?

I write in a combination of genres, Magical Realism, is probably the closest. I use present day situations and add a little of the extraordinary. My first two stories have a ghost and some psychic visions. I address a few social issues too. And there’s also a little romance.

What was the inspiration for The Last Yard Sale? What were the steps you took to bring it from initial inspiration to the finished book?

The inspiration for The Last Yard Sale came out of a lighthearted conversation with friends about getting rid of old stuff by having a yard sale. It turned into a “wouldn’t it be nice if” we could get rid of our emotional baggage in the same way. Divorce Resentments $5, Mother Issues $10 (Must take entire box). We had a lot of fun with it, but the idea kept stirring in my brain and I started to imagine it as more of a mystical reality. My book starts with such a yard sale. The prequel, which I probably should write someday, is that there is an old woman who dies and, upon getting to the other side, is told that she has to let go of the last of her attachments to her life. So, she has a yard sale. The story picks up with the young woman who purchases the items and how they upset her applecart, and ultimately affect her life for the better.

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What is your favorite part of being a writer?  Of the whole writing and publishing process?  What do you think has been your greatest lesson in the journey thus far?

Imagining is easy and fun. Conveying it to paper is a little harder. Editing and formatting as an self-publisher is harder still. And the marketing? Well, that’s my brick wall. I love book store and library events because I get to meet people and answer questions. That’s the only marketing I enjoy.

What piece of advice would you want to share with other writers?

Just do it.

What else can we expect from you in the near future?

My first book, The Last Yard Sale, is, well, my first book.

My second book, A Soldier’s Last Mission, is a sequel.

The book I’m currently writing, 1000 Buddhas (working title) is about an ancient Buddhist tradition that after 1000 Buddhas have been born, humanity will transform into the next level of understanding. It also has the same mystical piece as the first two. I like to sprinkle a little of the supernatural into ordinary life. I hope it will be out by October.

I also have a working story that includes ghosts and demons with locations in Massachusetts connected by magical portals. It ties Bridgewater State Hospital to Fall River and the Lizzy Borden story. I hope it will be out by Christmas.

Thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer our questions, Marie. We look forward to seeing you on the 17th!

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New Arrivals Thursday: August Specials!

Fresh in stock from the publishers are the first two releases we are spotlighting for additional discounts at our little bookstore that’s bigger on the inside.  We’ll be doing this kind of special for between two and six releases each month.

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Our August 2019 picks are THE CATS CAME BACK by Sofie Kelly, the tenth outing in her “Magical Cats” series, available now in mass market paperback, and THE TURN OF THE KEY by Ruth Ware, a Gothic thriller out this week in hardcover.

We will be discounting our monthly specials at 42% off retail price for our mass market paperback choices and 45% off retail price for our hardcover choices.  We hope to continue to serve you, the reading community, with our variety and our pricing.

Thank you, as always, for making our shelves your destination.

 

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