Introductions

If Scientists were Poets

The Earth is a major character in my upcoming novel, Realms of the Earth.  Presented here are the recordings Hensley, as Scribe, records of the planet’s creation during the first three chapters between the actions of his life.  More of the earth’s evolutionary process continues through the book as Time passes more quickly than it does with the seven realms of Hensley’s enchanted and symbiotically attached realms.  If you know the science you will understand what is spoken of in these passages.  If you don’t have a scientific knowledge then learn from this before looking it up for accuracy.

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Excerpt from Realms of the Earth

The Multiverse was created by a sound, an utterance of Will from the Mind of the One within Many.

Within this universe, separate from the many, the elements of an aged supernova formed new stars with the circling debris clouds gathering into planets. Within one young system Seven Governors were made mysteriously well balanced. These Seven Governors sheltered the renewed life of an Eighth, newly added from without their circles following within the great Celestial Sphere.

Once joined with the larger galaxy, this Eighth Governor found itself retained within this newly birthed system. The calamity that struck caused only a teetering until the Gaia spirit within awakened.

World Attacked

The speeding object about to destroy the Watcher’s world glowed through the atmosphere over the dark northwestern sky above a shadowy peak as it rapidly enlarged. Its icy tail appeared aligned inappropriately to one side as it was blown by a solar wind. It dipped out of sight below the horizon.

The impact halted the planet’s imperceptible rotation as the attacker’s momentum slammed through the world’s southeastern-most surface opposite the dark peak. Fragments of soil and rock exploded into space, dragged with the object’s wake along with much of the little world’s great sea.

A small island continent was destroyed.

The planet shuttered violently.

The release of derelict debris was followed by blasts of orange-hot fire shooting soundlessly into the void from the impact site out of the broken surface. A pyroclastic flow of heated glassy spherules formed massive clouds with the dusty vapor to obliterate all in its path. Portions of the world’s tumultuous surface instantly liquefied from the friction of impact releasing inner fire spreading heat.

A resulting glow haloed the oblate edges around the globe as seen from the cliff’s stone façade.

The broken planet’s spin was now visibly more rapid, skipping on an uneven track as cracks began to cover most of its surface. Magna spewed forth in many places from the pressure within. Toxic gases replaced remnant pockets of tenuous atmosphere.

The larger fragment of the hammer-like death object swirled back from its destructive course due to its arrested momentum. It struck the planet again penetrating for all time the fractured crust to be buried within the molten and swirling brew gripping it within its bowels. The small world spun its death dance in shocked anguish.

Little time passed as the aging world was changed into a broken lifeless rock now heating large sections of its surface to liquid. Fragments of its damaged body and that of its attacker surrounded it. The planet did not remain misshapen as segments of its surface spread swelling with huge bubbles of magma. It appeared a rapid death.

Millions of orbits, comprising its years, passed with this new world slowly congealing into a mass of softened hot rock. The stone hearth remained, strangely, if not magically protected though exposed to toxic gases and the apparent vacuum of space. The surrounding surfaces gradually cooled, still revealing orange-hot liquid through the surface cracks. Superheated elements remained buried, churning with the question of new life.

The planetoid drifted. Unconscious. Unaware. Lost.

Wandering within a wide system on the edge of a spiral arm of a great galaxy the little world gradually lost its previous small family of orbs and globes. All were adopted out as their small galaxy merged with the larger, disbursing familiar members among this older rabble. Only a few were destroyed in their collision with angry neighbors.

The gestating world found a new home continuing its listless revolution, still temporarily unconscious after millennia.

Unaware of its many new friends as they became family, it appeared to mimic each Governor guiding its way. It followed its own path around their Master, a bright golden star.

Their star’s estranged twin occasionally visited the orbs, though its dead form was too distant to be more than a dark speck in the vast emptiness between so many. Its presence only guided the Ages by its aspect warning of darker activities coming.

Giant billowing circlets of flames shot from the Master’s constant blazing, its centrally located furnace heating this system of worlds emitting visible and invisible particles. It cast fleeting silhouettes over the once broken side of the reformed little planet’s illuminated surface. The vision revealed was a stripped and scorched landscape. A long shadow was cast over the mysterious edifice still holding the semblance of a great stone hearth.

As the dirigibles of solid masses of debris encircled the injured planet, the elongated tail from its unsuccessful destroyer had followed the broken death object as it was pulled back and around toward this little earth in its attempt at its destruction.

Even though crashed into a second time the globe had held, rather than blowing apart, though severely broken and reheated. Slowly it strengthened changing the composition within its landscape as the huge torpedo melded its iron veins into the molten form centering itself under the initial impact site. The radioactive material birthed slowly waned.

The planetoid grew as other alien misfits continued their massive plummeting into its injured surface, melding with the slowly forming upper crust. This war of merging galaxies determined the posture of their army’s soldiers until each succumb to battle fatigue settling into balanced bliss with its once angry neighbors.

The spinning world retained its spheroidal shape through the efforts of its continued rotation, blissfully asleep in its gestation toward new life as it glided throughout the battlefront.

That Which Departed

The life protecting and perpetuating elements of this roving planet were lost by the chance travels of the large speeding adamant as the new residents moved into the established neighborhood.

Allowed to flow along this part of the universe’s gradient of guidelines it struck the roving world displacing it from among its former family when it was old and a recent arrival. The damage caused it to forget it once harbored a unique life form.

The attacker, being observed in transit long before its arrival, allowed the Watchers their escape following the loss of their stabilizing moon. Within their magnetic field the fragile atmosphere was guarded by the slow crawl it had long kept to. The upheaval provided a reprieve from this once constant chore when its power went out.

Life was no longer viable among the world’s wrecked and barren sediments. Vestiges on a high ridge, mysteriously sheltered within a portion graben-like, were the last remaining proclaimers of another species once harbored here in times past. The singular pre-adamant stone grouping stood as the only evidence of a life form not too dissimilar from those broadly housed throughout the remote expanses of this prodigious universe.

These surviving fixtures stood vigilant and incorruptible in their small guarded valley where the Spirit of Gaia slept. Protected against the harmful particles from space with which all the spheres are constantly bombarded Gaia’s dreams only imagined her glorious plans of re-making.

Offspring Anew

Fragmented pieces of the planet, and its attacker, circled separately until they were slowly drawn together. The stolen and captured ancient rocks finally coalesced, forming a smaller sphere to slowly cool as it encircled its parental planetoid. After a lone orbital course around their bright star the tracks were set for both the evolving terrestrial globe and its strong but seemingly sterile offspring slowing and stabilizing the recovering world’s spin.

This infantile orb held the tilt of its parent world steady, eventually to bring seasons along their orbital path. She cast soft shadows among the crevices of the transforming surface where a gashed out wound once lain in those moments before liquefaction. Her glow lent soft illumination to the dark side of her parent when she caught the reflection of the great star’s fire. And thus began their symbiotic relationship to endure the coming Ages.

World Renewed

The world continued its long voyage around its new explosive and shining master in its displacement to this new location.

Upheavals within the re-created orb’s bowels emitted toxic gases as the water-laden magma cooled, also emitting vapors, recycling elements from comets and other invading space aliens puncturing its surface.

A blanketing atmosphere began. It was held to the surface by the force of an invisible protective shield regenerated by the planet’s rotation, its new inner iron core racing around a shorter interior course with no end to its power.

This thick coverlet reflected the damaging rays of its shining star as the earth’s gestation progressed swaddled in the warm moisture held snugly to its surface. Its slow dissolve eventually drew out the mantle’s deep heat.

The slow cooling interacted with the guardian blanket causing moisture to rain down upon its uneven form remolding a fresh surface. A steady spin gave a geoidal appearance as the multiples of millennia-long rainstorm increased the liquids filling the low places.

A giant drab green sea formed, rich in iron. The toxic atmosphere appeared red, its consistency so dense nothing viable could withstand its weight. The extreme heat multiplied the hostile environs. And randomly formed volcanic isles succumb to the punishing waves.

Under this new ocean volcanism broke continually through the mantle. A molten basalt and water mixture formed a new kind of rock, one so porous and light it was more buoyant yet tough enough to withstand the waves’ constant beating down over its surface.

Floating over the denser hot rock it formed a granite crust upon the ancient craton—core rock over which the first continents took shape, dotting the waters.

The smaller partner orb managed the ebb and flow of the newly dispersed tides. Shallows soon harbored newly birthed sunlight-ingesting life forms, which emitted a different gas rusting out the iron in the great ocean before clearing the air. Toxic members were slowly displaced as a new combination of gases emitted from the strange and slimy life on all the world’s shores. Millennia passed as a blue countenance slowly emerged to become paramount.

Continents soon covered a quarter of the planet, moving about as their foundations slowly drifted. Life crawled from the water protected from the master’s damaging rays by a thick upper layer of the new atmosphere. Hope for a bright future began.

Many small crustal islands became a single landmass, Vaalbara, which quickly dissipated. Ur became the first major craton based landmass. Others formed. They came together then split apart as the eons passed.

The crustal movements changed the waterways until the halted warm water flow cooled the surface too much. Ice of massive proportions spread from the poles to form an unimaginably thick frozen surface. Snowball earth halted further development of life during this period with only a few miniscule species left in cryonic hibernation.

With the inner heat contained under this frozen cover the temperature rose until a gargantuan effort broke through the glacial surface to reveal the orange hot liquid again rising through fractures, melting that which had become solid back into liquid.

The interaction of the healed and vital water cycle returned the reincarnated orb to its blue countenance. It marked a new epoch after multiples of millennium beyond thought.

Supercontinents continued a remaking and breaking up cycles… until Pangaia.

Dense gases and dust became great dots of water-laden clouds to shadow the teeming variety of vegetation erupting from the soil of its latest singular surface and within its vast ocean. Life burst forth in this idyllic setting.

The planet had grown in size during its restoration period. Specters of hidden forms vivified, some planted by the original destructive weapon and other attacking hostiles. Still others appeared mutated visions of the orb’s far past. Upon Pangaia new life was beginning its active participation upon the world. It had taken eons.

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Ode to Doctor Who

Included in my anthology, Twisted Vine: An Anthology of Short Stories and Poems, is this tribute I wrote to this episode of Doctor Who – The Village of the Damned.  I just thought it was very sad they couldn’t be together, but hoped they would someday. Hope you enjoy it.

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The Message

 

On a world unimagined

In a universe untold

Lived a woman of unrenowned

Whose life did once unfold.

 

Mysterious and magical

Assuredly she did live

Within her galaxy’s environs

Which great visions to her did give.

 

She walked among the grass and stones,

And sang unto the trees

Where housed many winged and climbing things,

Her words they oft did heed.

 

Each day seemed no different

The next always came and went,

Till a vision of destruction foretold

Her world would burn as her universe was rent.

 

As she watched the leaves aflutter

Tumbling across the peaceful ground,

Gathering as gleeful mice in somersaults,

Spinning all around,

 

A great thunder cracked the fabric defined

As time and space, breaking the multi-ways;

Its universes of galaxies and dimensions

Where light and darkness divided all the days.

 

Her power alone could not repair

The damage that was done,

But vision begged her so she spake

Upon the stars seeking for only one.

 

Beyond her universe his lonely heart

Was found, so instantly hers he knew,

Both understanding great powers that

Make all living worlds — too few.

 

Her message was harnessed by the stars

Sending out her one true plea, “Come!”

Knowing with the multi-verses in such peril

Soon all the lovely visions would succumb.

 

“Help I need,” she prayed the powers,

“So bring him unto me,

To the very heart where light and love

Abound for those within this sea.”

 

He looked upon the message

Without much understanding,

But heeded Astrid’s urgency knowing

Only he had such power commanding.

 

Across the timelines, through the dimensions

He followed the star-trail of his quest,

He and his companion fighting all the forces

Impeding his desire to fulfill his very best.

 

Upon arrival, prepared for intervention,

Expecting an ending of all his latter days,

His arsenal was readied, but he feared

Too late for the mending of the ways.

 

All seemed lost as he gazed upon

The darkness which did abound

Where once bright light swirled o’r heavens

To shine on many worlds all ’round.

 

He questioned his awareness asking,

“I think…have I seen this before?”

Till a spark of hope winked upon a

Blackened cinder-world once more.

 

“There!” he cried and hurried

To the sight of lone absolution

To gaze upon a vine encrusted citadel of death,

The light within crying for resolution.

 

“What is it?” His companion, a lesser being,

Inquired of his sighting.

His explanations confusing until he said,

“Only that for which we would be fighting.”

 

“This is the last refuge of the sacred holy

And there she lies inside

For nary a universe of heavens and earths

Would exist for me if ever she had died.”

 

He used his mighty powers

To part the door’s lone way

To find an unkempt garden with spirits

Who could only be the ancient fey.

 

He cleared the once worn path

To follow her beckoning voice

All the while marveling at the beauty

That was, apparently, her choice.

 

“Look, there,” was softly spoken.

“It’s her. This time I’m not too late.

She held the rent until I came.”

He ran as his companion begged, “No, wait.”

 

But he longed to see the vision

He’d witnessed through her star-sent plea

Finding only her barren framework housed

In tattered threads, her figure so incomplete.

 

It touched his lonely heart

With such a pain he could never say.

He halted his advance, his heart revealing

His sorrowful moan along the way.

 

There, set upon a wicker swing,

Peaceful as if in slumber,

Hung from majestic boughs intertwined

With succulent vines beyond number,

 

The remnant of a lonely being

Awaiting his prowess

Had slept too long, but its meaning

He could never truly guess.

 

The magic of her power felt

Mighty as they approached,

Though only bones and whitened hair

Seemed their sad reproach.

 

Though its life appeared forever spent

Sparkling colors of untold powers

Began to re-animate her ethereal essence

A reprieve for their lost hours.

 

There she formed as he dreamt she would,

Her glowing face’s beauty recognized.

Tentatively shy, they stepped closer.

“I called,” she said. “I heard,” he replied.

 

“I kept these worlds for you,” she told,

“And would have waited through all of time,

Because your coming crossed too many lines,

None of which, till now, were mine.

 

“I’ve strolled this lovely secret grove

For just this moment, to tell you of my life,

And how your final coming will rekindle our love

For now I can live without aging as your wife.

 

“I may only live now as memory,

But felt myself fulfilled to stay

For in this spirit I’ll wait again for you

Until you’ve found your journey’s way.

 

“Return when sanctuary you seek

To find such was denied us before,

A lasting love you will always know,

And shall have forevermore.”

 

He added his own power, sealed with his kiss,

To hid all where she would stay,

To travel ’bout the universes,

Only he knowing their secret way.

 

Seeking her with his last return

Her living form would again be replaced,

So their united powers with the stars

Can encompass all the visions of intercosmic space.

 

 

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Mother’s Day Reading Blitz

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There will be a live Giveaway event on Facebook for
the Mother’s Day Reading Blitz

It’s hosted by Indie World Publishing & Author Services
Put the whole three-day weekend on your calendar
Allow Mom to sign up for awesome gifts,
then shop for her next book, or stock up for her summer vacation.

Also note on your calendar the three day Mother’s Day weekend, from May 9 – 11. During those three days be sure to visit the Indie World Publishing & Author Services website to search through the 72 books by over 60 fantastic female authors which will be available for only $0.99! That’s 99 cents! Participating books can be found here so start looking now: http://www.indieworldpub.com/#!mdrb-books-by-genre/c1f28

On Saturday, May 10th, there will be a giant giveaway of lots of fantastic books written by female authors ~~ some on the book sale lists and some not. All these books have strong female lead characters.

There will also be other items available for giveaway. The great news is you don’t have to be a mother (or even a female) to join in the fun! Just mark your calendars and get ready to enter each contest for your chance to win! Oh – and invite all your friends and family! We’ll be expecting to see you there!

For my part, I have 7 of my books posted for sale at the amazing low price of 99 cents. I will also have two others to be given away. Visit the site today for my listing of books in the variety of genres so you will know which ones you might be interested in purchasing.

For the giveaway I’ve chosen my two children’s books (see below) since they have no Kindle equivalent. Click on the link below the picture to visit the Amazon page where you can read about them and see the reviews.

If you win a book, or decide to buy one, please be considerate of the author and make a comment on the book’s Amazon page about your reading experience. It’s not difficult. Just scroll down the page to the write a customer review button and click. There is even a Tips and Guidelines link highlighted on the review page if you want some hints on what to do.

DON’T FORGET TO MARK YOUR CALENDAR. REMEMBER MOM AND WE’LL SEE YOU THERE.

 

 

 

 

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New Cover. Same Story. On Sale.

New Cover. Same Story. On Sale.

From my sister blog — It’s All About the Books!  Ariel’s Cottage is on sale through Easter Sunday for only 99 cents.

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Last Free Day – Hurry!

For those of you who don’t follow my Novels, Novellas, Ebooks & Children’s Literature page on Facebook, or seen the other free kindle sites in FB’s many group, or visited Goodreads to see my blog, you may not have noticed that my Kindle edition of Ariel’s Cottage, A Price for Love, has been available for FREE.

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY.  You still have time to go to Amazon and download it you Kindle app.New PfL FrontBookCoverPreview.do

This is a powerful suspense-filled romance.  It’s not your everyday romance, hunky type of story.  This has grit. It’s a bit risqué, and does have some tender, loving moments, but it’s filled with suspense.  How could it not?

Ariel is in the Witness Protection Program.  She’s survived a horrendous ordeal when seventeen years old.  She’s experienced abandonment from most of those she though loved her and has totally lost her trust in love.  She’s a victim barely brought back from the regression her experience caused.  She’s stuck at seventeen mentally and emotionally because that’s where her last happy moments lived.  Now at twenty-two, secluded in a country cottage, reclusive and agoraphobic she is surviving on aid from the WITSEC program, a disability allotment and meager royalties from her little novels.  With funds low she devises a plan to help pay for her needs by inviting her delivery men to aid by offering the only thing she has to give in return.

After all she’s been through and knowing she still has much to overcome, she tries to make it therapeutic.  Her experiences bring on flashbacks of her ordeal as she remembers the worst she’d forgotten.  Her only reprieve is her true love for Jerry, the eighteen year old who helps with yard work and minor chores around her place.  She doesn’t feel older, and he doesn’t see her any different from any other girl he would ask out.  And he is falling in love with her in the way only an eighteen year old hunk can on his way to a big college and an awesome career.  But things had already began to affect Ariel due to her strong sixth sense.  And a puppy is found that leads trouble her way.  Fear of her identity being discovered puts her further on edge.

Meeting Deputy Danny Pullard, when he inquires about the puppy, gives her more to worry about.  But Danny is struck and can’t forget her, feeling the fate of the criminal actions around her put her in his care.  Something from his past also draws him to her.  Then a shock occurs making him aware of her fragility.  The events that follow make all their lives turn in a new direction.  And how will come out will depend on secrets and agreements Ariel has bound Jerry and Danny to as neither knows her involvement with the other.  She loves them both, but realizes she will have to choose.  As she begins to change, recovering from the girl she once was to the woman she’s becoming, she has a lot to dwell on while these two men becomes friends, fighting to protect her from an unseen enemy she suspects is her greatest fear.

If you download it today, or purchase it at a later date, please make a comment on Amazon about your reading experience.  The Kindle is supposed to be offered for Free after today, when the book is purchased, per the Matchbox Deal.  So, if you have a gift you need to get for Valentine’s Day, or any time, consider this emotional roller-coaster of a story.  The ending will shock you, in a good way.

http://www.amazon.com/Price-Love-Judith-Victoria-Douglas-ebook/dp/B007RGJ7Q8

(Some comments taken from reviews posted.JVD)

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Something Fun

A wonderful author I follow, Melissa Mangrove, has come up with a great fun idea.  I wasn’t tagged, but chose to participate.

Let’s say it’s a little holiday sharing.English: A bauble on a Christmas tree.

It’s not what you think. You won’t be asked to answer 1,011 questions or hyperlink 250,000,000 of your closest friends. This meme is simple. It knows you don’t have a lot of time. *SMILE*

Really?   

Yes.

May I present …  No Time Meme button 300

The rules are:

  1. Copy these rules and include them in your post.
  2. Display the blog button, link the person who tagged you, and answer the three questions they asked.
  3. Come up with three new questions of your own; one serious question, one fun question, and one sentimental question—or just use the same ones. We’re all busy, right?
  4. Tag three other bloggers and pass on the meme.

See? I told you it would be easy.  🙂

I’ll start it off…

Question #1 (The serious one)
What’s your best piece of advice for surviving the holidays?

Question #2 (The fun one)
If you could be one of Santa’s elves, what would your workshop talent be?

Question #3 (The sentimental one)
What’s your favorite holiday-related family tradition?

Here are my answers the questions.

  1. My best holiday advice is:  Buy all your gifts at the summer sales.
  2. My workshop talent would be:  Forgetting to include the batteries for the noisiest toy. 😛
  3. My favorite tradition is:  Going to spend time with my children and watch my only grandchild enjoy being the only grandchild.

Now it’s your turn.
For the first three victims, I tag:

Billy Ray Chitwood

Megan Cashman

Roy Dimond

and anyone else who wishes to participate.

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Now, wasn’t that more fun than the usual tag blogs?  Thanks for stopping by.   Happy Holidays to you and yours. 🙂
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NEW Long-Awaited Release

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!

I know you will be thankful for this.  I certainly am.  I’ve been waiting all day for them to be posted on Amazon.

You know all those blogs posts I haven’t been writing?  Well, you get this instead.  This is what I’ve been doing every minute I wasn’t asleep.  Writing books is my first priority and when it flows I don’t interrupt the muse except for absolute necessities (yes, some social media is, unfortunately, an absolute for authors).  So don’t think about visiting me right now.  Give me a couple of weeks.

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Here it is, the fantasy for the inner child in every grownup.  Young Adults, New Adults and every other adult of any age thereafter will  enjoy this one, along with those dedicated older readers who are savvy about words (or don’t mind using a dictionary) and love to read.

ONE UNICORN WISH is now available through the publisher at  https://www.createspace.com/4378513. The price is $17.00.  Visit the ebook store page and LIKE it so it will pop up on Facebook.  If you purchase through them it will post an announcement on your Facebook page so all your friends will know.

Also visit its Amazon page (no LOOK INSIDE yet) – http://www.amazon.com/Unicorn-Wish-Judith-Victoria-Douglas/dp/1491204001/   It’s already at a reduced price, but see the posting below for another Amazon discount (its on the Amazon book page).

If you prefer Kindle (it  has the LOOK INSIDE with Prologue and first six chapters!). The regular price is $5.99, BUT for this weekend only, Friday, November 29 to Monday, December 2, it will be free.  http://www.amazon.com/Unicorn-Wish-Judith-Victoria-Douglas-ebook/dp/B00GZ29ZOE  

I hope to get a few reviews from the downloads, but…well…I know people.  I’m too often disappointed.  It would be especially nice if this novel brings about a change. Please consider it. It’s a form of word-of-mouth that helps get the message about it out there.

And illustrators, I’d love to see some of your pictures. I’ll post them on this blog about the images readers have imagined of the characters, places and events. It would be a lot of fun and a great pleasure for me.

I hope everyone enjoys reading this novel as much as I enjoyed writing it. Happy Reading!

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FROM AMAZON PAGE FOR BOOK – How to get this has a connective link on the page.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Take an extra 30% off any book offered by Amazon.com from now until December 1st. Enter code BOOKDEAL at checkout.  Restrictions apply (I don’t know what those are). (Excludes Kindle eBooks and Audible audiobooks.)

 

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Newest Release

JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

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The Carousel Pony is now published.  It is immediately available from the publisher – https://www.createspace.com/4015776.  Check it out there.

Because it’s a children’s book and not the standard size it won’t be available through bookstores or other online retailers, other than those connected to Amazon.  It’s expected to be available on their site by the weekend.  It does not have an e-book equivalent.  It will have a glossy cover.

This is a story to be read to pre-schoolers and young readers.  By third grade children may be able to master it themselves.

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The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop

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WELCOME to the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop!  This hop is hosted by Judith@Leeswammes (http://leeswammes.wordpress.com – English book blog; http://boekblogger.wordpress.com – Dutch book blog), in the Netherlands, and open between Saturday, November 9, and Wednesday, November 13.  You can hop almost 40 different book blogs, all offering one or more giveaways of books or bookish items.  All books are literary fiction, nonfiction or something close.  Follow the links at the bottom of the post to find the other participating blogs.

MY GIVEAWAY, as part of this blog hop, is a copy of my novel, Where the Horses Run, Book I, Mass Extinction (http://www.amazon.com/Where-Horses-Run-Book-Extinction/dp/147010251X).  This link opens in a separate window if you want to look it over.  The Kindle edition has a “Look Inside” with the prologue and first four chapters, plus part of chapter five for review, because it’s a thick book.

This blog hop giveaway is open to worldwide entries, but remember the book is published in English only.  If chosen the book will be sent directly to you from the publisher, CreateSpace Independent Publisher.

Some lucky winner can be introduced to my idea of a catastrophic world event as told by Elle Whitlock recounting her story from the journal notes she kept.  This is only the beginning as many mysteries are to be solved throughout the trilogy.  Elle must first accept the lose of her beloved species and rediscover her life’s path.  It was lost by her early death in a previous life.  With support from her close-knit family of friends and help (through dreams and visions) from those who knew her in that previous life, she must step back onto her path and complete her life’s task.  She must explain what is meant by the disappearance of all the world’s equine species.  She hopes their findings will help them discover the safe haven where the horses run and how to get there before an expected disaster hits the Earth.

To Enter, Read the Rules:

1. Anyone worldwide can enter (unless elsewhere noted).  You do not need to have a blog .

2. You need a post office recognized address, anywhere in the world, where you can receive a package.  This book is 420 pages thick, so keep that in mind if all you have is a small postal box.  Be sure you will get a notice to pick it up.

3. You do not have to be a follower, or become a follower, although you are welcome to follow if you like my blog.  Following by email is easy, just click on the word “Follow” in the upper right to be given an opportunity to enter your email address.

4. TO ENTER leave a comment below.  All I need is your name, email address or link to an email connection where I can leave a message. For my own curiosity I’d like to know what country you are located in.  You can give a city, state, county, parish or other designated location if you wish, or think it might be hard to find on a world map.  If you should win I will request your mailing address when I notify you, so you don’t have to leave it now.

6. I will notify the winner by email, so be sure what you’ve left in your comment is written clearly and correctly.  The winner will need to respond to my email within 3 days or I will choose a new winner.  Once the winner is contacted and the package on the way I will announce it here, on this page on this blog, as an addendum.  You will have to check back to learn who won and what country they live in, and possibly a little about them if the winner is willing to share.

7. You have from 4 a.m GMT or 11:00 pm Friday, November 8th , U.S. Central Time, until 11 p.m., U.S. Central Time, November 13 to enter.  GMT at 4 a.m. November 9th is  5 a.m. in the UK, 6 a.m. in  Amsterdam, midnight in New York, Friday November 8th and 9 p.m. in California, and November 9th 3 p.m. in  Australia (Sydney).

8. Note that double or invalid entries will be removed, and not considered eligible.

9. My book will be sent directly from the publisher.  I will also notify the winner of its shipping date and expected time of arrival.

GOOD LUCK to ALL and THANKS for playing.  Now start blog hopping for more giveaways. (I’m #10 on the list, and it’s corrected now to get a link.)

PARTICIPATING BLOGS

Linky List:

  1. Leeswammes
  2. Ciska’s Book Chest
  3. Sam Still Reading
  4. The Things You Can Read (US)
  5. Col Reads
  6. Guiltless Reading
  7. Love at First Book (US)
  8. Maurice On Books (US)
  9. Mythical Books
  10. Books by Judith
  11. Bees Knees Reviews (US)
  12. River City Reading
  13. Too Fond
  14. Exurbanis
  15. Curiosity Killed the Bookworm
  16. Book’d Out
  17. Roof Beam Reader
  18. Books Speak Volumes
  19. The Relentless Reader (US)
  20. Under My Apple Tree (US)
  21. Booklover Book Reviews
  22. Nishita’s Rants and Raves
  23. Ephemeral Digest
  24. Julia Crane Author (US)
  25. Melissa Pearl Author (US)
  1. Read Lately (US)
  2. Readerbuzz
  3. Lucybird’s Book Blog (Europe)
  4. The Misfortune of Knowing
  5. Bibliophile By the Sea
  6. The Novel Life
  7. Kinx’s Book Nook US)
  8. Dolce Bellezza
  9. Nose in a book
  10. Book-alicious Mama (US)
  11. Words for Worms
  12. Wensend
  13. A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall (N-America)

ADDENDUM 11/14:  The winner has been picked and an email sent, but still waiting for a reply.  If none is received by 11p.m. CDT, Saturday, November 16th, another will be picked.

I haven’t received an email so I’m assuming I haven’t won any of the books I tried for.  But it was fun to visit all the blogs included and spread over the world.

ADDENDUM 11/15:  Maricris Dimia of the Philippines won the copy of Where the Horses Run, Book I, Mass Extinction.  With the recent disaster there I was worried I wouldn’t hear from her, but today I received her acknowledgement and mailing address.  A book is now on the way to her.  I hope any turmoil in the lives of her friends and family are repaired by the time it arrives.  And I hope she enjoys the book.

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Follow Fest 2013: Books by Judith

I’m taking part in a blog follow fest this week, which was created by a fellow author Melissa Maygrove. She’s created  this networking opportunity for authors. Check out her blog to read about her and her books!

I followed my friend, Megan Cashman, from her Follow Fest blog.  She loves vampires!  Check out her blog postings.

And here’s my Follow Fest post…

FollowFest
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Purpose: A platform building opportunity for authors and connect with others.

When: September 23rd thru 27th.

Name:  Judith Victoria Douglas

Fiction or nonfiction?  Fiction
What genres do you write? Several: Romantic suspense, historical, Contemporary social Sci-fi, Fantasy, and children’s books, both for preschool and young reader and middle grades.
Are you published?  Yes, I have self-published without creating a publisher name for myself, but there is a logo within each book.
Do you do anything in addition to writing?  Only the editing, copyediting, illustrations, cover art and photography and all things related to publishing.  I have recently become more active in the marketing aspects, which means I’m spreading out further.
Where can people connect with you?
Professional email:  books@judithvictoriadouglas.com
Blogs
It’s All About the Books! – www.booksbyjvd.wordpress.com (Latest post – Freebies for the Weekend)
Writing and Items of Interest, some announcements – www.booksbyjudithvictoriadouglas.wordpress.com
Reblogged Items about writing or other items of interest, sometimes announcements: www.judithvictoriadouglas.blogspot.com
Facebooks
Author pages:
    Amazon
    B&N – they haven’t posted all of my books yet
Is there anything else you’d like us to know?
Yes, my latest children’s book, The Carousel Pony, will be available late October.  I am presently working on my next novel, One Unicorn Wish, a fantasy for the inner child in everyone, so it can be read to your kids.  And I am actively looking for readers to add reviews and reviewers who have established a policy, and both will take a PDF.  I haven’t figured out the mobi. conversion yet.  And I don’t have a clue what a beta is.
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