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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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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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The Inspiration of a Picture

You’ve probably seen pictures — either a painting, sketch or photograph — that reminds you of something you’ve read, like this one reminded me of Robert Frost.  Here is the beginning of the poem, the one I live by, the picture brought to mind.

wood path

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

Being one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

I’m not sure if there are two paths, and it isn’t a yellow wood, yet it reminded me of the poem.

You have probably know of contests with a word(s) or picture as a prompt.  Writer’s Digest uses them monthly and they are good to keep the old creative juices flowing. There is one that posts on Facebook.  I’ve shared it on my new book promotion site at Novels, Novellas, Ebooks & Children’s Literature.

Occasionally there are the rare instances when I come across a beautiful photograph on my tumblr site, Menagerie, that inspires.  Don’t get me wrong, I come across such beautiful pictures all the time on that site.  It’s apparently best suited for them.  Great colorful renditions of birds, up close or in flight, breathtaking landscapes and great vistas that make me stop to catch my breath.  The ones I’m talking about have something unique, something that sparks the creator inside and brings out words, a few or many, in a way I don’t often express.  It may not be first-class, but it’s mine.  My heart was touched.  And it’s from the soul…the spirit of empathy and love that shares the moment transforming the vision I see.  From the picture or photograph’s two-dimensional state it again becomes alive in my mind’s eye.  I can envision the very moment the artist or photographer’s action froze it in time.

If it hasn’t happened to you yet it may be something to try, or at least, be aware of so when the moment comes with the right picture you will recognize it and allow it to flow.

Here are a few photos with my inspired words I’d like to share.  When looking back for them I realized last October was a rather prolific month for me (and I’d thought I wasn’t writing during that time).  Where available I’ve given the photographer, or at least the contact from which the picture came.   I’m sorry they can’t be larger for the full affect of their inspiration, especially the one with the night sky filled with stars:

Kitten listening to music

coolcatmatt:   via Inhabitude.

And the kitten sat there long moments, poised in the stillness of its straight posture, looking up, frozen by the rapture of the boy’s musical tones, tapping heel, moving fingers and slightly swaying head.  His eyes were closed, but hers were not.  She could see it all and it was magic, she was sure of it, because she could not move nor utter a sound to disturb it.

White Wolf

wild-earth:  Lakota Wolves

It was soft, coming from afar.  He listened intently, knowing the call of his mate, how he missed her.  There, her tiny silhouette, posed singing her lonesome song to the first morning rays streaking the grey sky.  He knew only one thing to do until they could be together again.  He gathered his voice.  He would sing his longing to break the distance between them.  She would hear, her loneliness abated.  He would travel on, the lack of sustenance for their pups kept to himself until they met.  Maybe he would yet be successful.

stars in the night sky

theflow-theme

Empty chairs and empty cares

My concern o’er trifles gone.

No longer will I worry for

The heart without a song.

Ended then or ended now

It matters not to me

For heaven is a hallow place

A gaze my eyes can see.

branches as a church window

http://treeporn.senezio.com

(this photographer was very happy the photo inspired a short poem)

Church Window

Peering through the darkness, a wonder I did see

But nature’s own cathedral peering back at me.

Park bench

When hearts are distant and unforgiving

Anguish lurks the soul

For none can hurt so deeply as a heart

Grown hard and cold.

There are occasionally those photographs that are just a beauty to behold and no words can describe.

Vista

blacksheepboy-:   (by AcuraZine Dan)

For some vistas there can be no words, just sighs…and sometimes, tears

Leaves

via Inhabitude

Some pictures are art and worthy of a long look because of the connection to life they give us.

In the rare moment a picture might not let you go.  It will keep you until some part of the story it illicits is complete.  The portion below for the cottage with the blue slate roof is a slightly edited version of what I wrote initially, but I have been given a wonderful gift and this is the inspiration to compliment it.  I found a photograph I wanted to use for a book cover picture, but after contacting the photographer I decided on another.  Once the photographer and I communicated I was given the use of the photograph for a book cover for the small price of 3-4 copies of the book. I won’t post that photograph until it’s a book cover, so suffice it to say, and for you to keep in mind, its a beautiful little girl kissing the muzzle of her white horse.

Now for a story…

I remembered this posted on my tumblr site with the idea of a story, and just the kind I wanted to tell.  It might take a while to complete, but the seed from last October will bear fruit sometime this year.  It’s an opportunity I can’t allow to pass for too long.  Immediately upon reading the paragraphs I’d posted it began to grow.

Cottage with blue slate roof

woodendreams:    (by Owen O’Grady)

There was the stone house at the turn in the road.  Its slate roof so blue it stood out against the greenery of the forest trying to hide it.  Ivy caressed its outer walls and the ends of dusty curtains fluttered outside over the window ledge.

A path lead to the big pond, an open expand of clear crystal-blue hidden in a surround of thick trees and undergrowth.  It felt the same secret magical place I visited as a child.  A whiff of granny’s biscuits, pies and cookies filled the air.  She loved to bake for us.  And we loved devouring all her goodies.  She’d laugh, thrilled to watch us as much as we enjoyed eating. We were allowed to break all the etiquette rules there, using our fingers, stuffing the great chunks of wild apple, grapes and berries from the pies into our overstuffed mouths, giggling.  It was so much fun.  Yeah, those were the days.  I have always cherished time spent in that magical forest, especially after I saw…well, what I saw I now doubt could be true, but it has to be.  It just has to be.

It was like a tiny white fawn, no bigger than a minute.  It looked like a fawn, barely creeping through the forest floor on its stilt-like legs.  When it saw me its eyes got…just…so big.  I wanted desperately to touch it.  It didn’t look real…almost iridescent against the shadows.  Turning it scampered the best it could.  I followed, Indian-like, and hid when I saw it duck into the undergrowth between some trees.  It was still panting, its tiny sides puffing in and out from fear and its struggle, when its mama stepped up to check.  She wasn’t big enough to be a doe, and all white.  But her horn told me something was there that wasn’t supposed to be there.  It was a unicorn, sure as I’m standing here telling you.  A real live unicorn.  Beautiful.  Last thing I remember was it turning to look at me.  When I woke up it was gone, but all the signs showed it’d been there.  I won’t ever forget. ***

Now, this is to become a story of magic and unicorns who can make little girls’ wishes come true.  The great gift of the cover photograph will be honored with a story of wonder to delight the photographer’s niece who modeled for it.  Sometimes photographs can inspire more than a few words, but a new world where other life is born.  We are gods, we creators of visions through words and pictures.  And we should feel the awesomeness of the task as the gift it was meant to be.

Well, there you have it.  Pictures of inspiration.  If you visit my Menagerie site, once it’s pulled up look at the address bar and change the page number to 755.  It should get you in the vicinity of these postings.  You may have to “go forth” or “wander back” to find them, but it’d only be within a few pages.  As I add to page one the number of the page they’re on will change.  I hope you enjoy them in that setting and full size most flattering to their beauty and inspirational value.

The multitudes of wannabes and fly by nights we have in the publishing fields at this time will find a niche or vanish.  We creators will remain finally unmolested by those who find our field fascinating and lucrative.  We can survive this onslaught, this invasion of our territory, our well known lands, if we keep at the craft.  Then creators we must be and something else — writers, the real writers who can be called Author.  It should humble us, but the pride we feel deep inside for being good at what we do will give us the glow to keep that soul in us alive that finds wonder in a photograph, inspiring us with a picture.

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What’s In a Name?

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If you ever what to know if people can find you on the internet just do a google search.  I do that periodically just to see how far I’ve spread.  I get Google Alerts, but so far they have all referred to my sites.  It’s easy to find me if you type in my full name.  There are about eight pages…so far.  Some listings are duplications, or a different one for each page of a site, like my main website.

I have at least one book in an Australian and Canadian e-bookstore, and a couple in the UK.  Don’t see any in non-English speaking countries yet.

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I have a couple of books on ebay now.  One says used, but I have no record of extreme sales, so it must be a friend or family member.  They’re pretty much all across the country, but no one admitted to being the person when asked.

I’ve tried to get my author name posted on all the social media sites, but I’ve found more.  Everyone wants to be as successful as FB, Twitter and Google.  The rush is to beat the regulations regarding privacy.  There ain’t much there, privacy that is.  LinkedIn is doing okay because it’s resume‘ and job search oriented.  Wished I’d known that when I was seriously job hunting.  But then, again, I may not have published.  It takes a lot of time and work, mostly sitting all day, sorta like a congressman when in session, working on media sites nobody wants to go to.  I’m beginning to think I’m writing books nobody wants to read.

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I’ve had problems with Facebook, so my old author page shows up, but it has incorrect info and is inactive.  They kept putting my personal stuff on my author page and my author stuff on my personal page without asking permission or giving me the option.  I gave up and changed my personal site to my author page, keeping all my contacts, but getting new ones is now a problem.  I’m no longer listed as Judith Victoria Douglas Author except on my Timeline page, but jvd, as I am here and my Tumblr blog.

Keeping sites I have straight is difficult enough if they have a “name” like Goodreads or Facebook, but when it’s one of my name sites it’s worse.  I won’t even begin with the password mania.  I keep an address book, but it’s not just for mailing address anymore.

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I have two websites with the same name — judithvictoriadouglas.  I can only keep them straight because one is dot net and the other dot com.

Now I have two blogs (three if you count the one on Goodreads), but the names had to be different from the websites so jvdbooks and booksbyjudithvictoriadouglas (I shortened  it on this title page).  The first is Tumblr — a site for quick reviews without long writings unless it’s reblogged from something I think is important and then not too long — and WordPress,this site, where I write down my thoughts. I recently added NetworkedBlogs to this one to see if it will spread wider and further.

So, what’s in a name?

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No one can find me on Facebook.  And few have found my blogs.  If anyone wants to do a Google search and look over all eight pages they will find them, but on the last pages.  I don’t know anyone who wants to find me that badly.

Since these notes come up in the Google search I’m hoping it will help spread the word.

Judith Victoria Douglas, judithvictoriadouglas, jvd, jvdbooks and booksbyjudithvictoriadouglas, or booksbyjudith are all the same person.  One of these names, or some portion thereof, should find me on every site I’m registered. I’m still looking into new sites, so be patient if you haven’t found me on your favorite site.  In fact, let me know of it in case I haven’t found it yet.

You can email me at books@judithvictoriadouglas.com if you’re still at a lost, desperate to find me, or just want to be added to my mailing list.  I send out a notice when a book is published, or a new site is available, but I don’t feel it’s getting the response I need and deserve.  Besides word-of-mouth, email is supposed to be the best.  You wouldn’t know it by my responses.  I send to at least 45-50 people, friends and family mostly, some acquaintances.  I might get one or two replies they saw the site and liked it, but only one or two might  follow.  The one person who said I needed a blog based on the long emails I used to send hasn’t followed, so a long email for her, I guess.

That’s what’s in a name…my author name, that is, for what it’s worth.

Hope to have more visitors, so tell your friends.  Check out my other sites.  I don’t talk (write) much there.  Join Goodreads to find a good book to read and my blog there, though it won’t get much attention since I have this one. I can send these blog posts there, you see, eliminating writing twice.

And make a comment.  Say ‘hello’ so I know you’re there.  Register to follow so you’ll get an email notice when a new posting is made.  They won’t all be like this one, which you already know if you’ve read all the ones posted before this one.

To Read

If you’re an author of a comment your supposed to show up in that block, but it hasn’t work yet.  And a picture, please.  Don’t be shy.  I don’t mind looking at your dog or cat or bicycle or potted plant, but that squiggly thing is just irritating to look at.      You have gone so public already just being on the internet that a cute picture won’t expose you.  If you find the 666 on your forehead, on your credit card or anywhere identifiable, let us all know.  This branding is what’s going on here, so each of us can be found…not so we can find each other.  Otherwise, it would work better for the later and most desired purpose.

So, see ya soon, and hope to hear more from you.

Judith

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