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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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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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Three Editions~Same Story~New Covers

The same suspense-filled romance will be reposted on Amazon and other sites with new covers this week ~ Ariel’s Cottage, the book, and A Price for Love, the Large Print book and Kindle editions.

While I loved the other cover I found too many covers made from the same CreateSpace template and thought a change would help show more clearly what the story contains.  I wanted Ariel’s Cottage to reflect the romance, the beautiful setting where all the trouble in Ariel’s life occurred around her cottage.  For A Price for Love I wanted the investigative side of the story to show.

Each title has its own cover because of the particulars in the order of their publication.  They are original designs not initially used, but after all the work they do represent the story much better.  I tried a couple in a field, standing together or holding hands, but it just didn’t do it for me.  I tried more provocative poses, but couldn’t make them work either.

If you like them or hate them, I’d really like to know.  This is a big step, but I’d love fans’ opinions.  I have one other choice for Ariel’s Cottage similar to the one used but with the magnifying glass showing something of interest under the lean-to of her single garage, changing the landscape a bit.  If I thought you’d vote, I’d post it.  Give me a clue to your interest (or not).

Read a synopsis at the  site for Ask David HERE.  The Amazon sites are:  www.amazon.com/dp/147764671X for Ariel’s Cottage and www.amazon.com/dp/1470048884 for A Price for Love where the Kindle is also posted.  Click on the picture to see it enlarged and read the back covers (which say the same thing (same story).

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How One Thing Leads To Another

https-::www.facebook.com:bookmastersgroupTitles for a trilogy or series can be tough. For my trilogy every book is titled Where the Horses Run, but with Book I, II, & III noted, and each having their own subtitle–Mass Extinction, Sacred Hills and Ciphers. Since I started it that way, I’ve kept it and only refer to it as the Horses trilogy (H1, H2 & H3), though it’s definitely about more than the vanishing horses. And it’s certainly about more than Elle, the main character, though she’s set up as the books’ writer basing it on her journal notes. It’s been years in the making and a very complex work to keep track of. Hope I never do it again.

To make it more complicated it has a prequel with a totally different name, because it can be a read-alone book. There were parts of the book with past-history back story that had to go somewhere, right? I do have a sequel planned with a different title and, like the prequel, only to be listed as the sequel. I’ll try to make it a read-alone also though it will have some the same characters.  Anyone reading H3 will wonder what the world is like after….so one last story, a thriller with Tommy as MC.

Then there’s the spin-offs. Could I make it any more complicated for myself?  The first is with all the Native American parts of the Horses trilogy put into a separate book from their points of view–tricky work. I was told it was the best part of the Horses stories and should have its own book, so I’m polishing it now as I also do my semi-final edit on Book II — quite a challenge.

The other spin-off is a children’s series, each subtitled The Secrets of Meshyah’s World, but with different titles to each. After the same title on three with similar covers, I liked doing it this way better.  I only have the first out, so far–Tree & Sky.  But  the real Horses series spin-off — of how everything gets set up in Meshyah’s World — is yet  another book. It’s actually the book Meshyah’s story comes from and leads to. You see there will be a journal sent back in time from Meshyah’s World (set in a very different future) to the world of the Horses series and found by secondary Horses series characters who will then be major characters in the new book.  Did you get that?  Hope so.  It’s really been fun to write. And since this involves current Native Americans and the reservation, I have another children’s story  that occurs in the same time period and is affected by the things that happen in the world as they are told in Where the Horses Run.

When I have a character, or characters, whom I like I want to develop them further. Writing them in new stories helped with the character(s) development as I wrote them in the Horses series.  When the write-up sounds good enough, they become new book ideas…spin-offs.

They have all been fun to start, set up, make bookcovers for, and get copyrights on, but if you don’t think having a city’s worth of characters over a span of hundreds of years in your head is easy to keep track of, think again.

You know, I actually only have two books, and two children’s books planned (plus one already done with no distribution plans to date) that are not connected to this first trilogy. Amazing how one idea leads to another. It makes being a writer lots of fun and very interesting, even when it’s hard work and a bit (Did I really say ‘a bit’?) mind boggling.

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Understanding Mass Extinction

the sixth extinction?

the sixth extinction? (Photo credit: B.S. Wise)

http://www.cultureunplugged.com/play/7350/Call-of-Life–Facing-the-Mass-Extinction

My novel, Where the Horses Run, is the first of a trilogy.  It’s subtitle is Mass Extinction.  It begins with the sudden, mass extinction of the entire equine species.  It will later, in Book II, Sacred Hills, continue to report other extinctions and disappearances of species.  It’s not much removed from real life in what our world is now facing.

If you haven’t been living in a cave in a remote area somewhere you know we really are experiencing a mass extinction of several species.  Many fear man will be among those to go extinct.  I don’t think so.  Those with the power to change the course we are on may wait until the almost impossible last moment, when the iceberg is straight ahead, or even after its been hit, but it will be changed.  It may be by choice or it may be forced upon us, but it has to happen.  And, unfortunately, many may go down with the ship, but mankind will survive, I’m sure of that.  It may be survival for a while, but it will get back to a new kind of normal eventually.  We have too much going for us.

Today's Mass Extinction

Today’s Mass Extinction (Photo credit: khteWisconsin)

The connection I’ve posted is a documentary which will explain the real status of our situation, the psychological impact and some encouragement.  Please watch it.  The helplessness you feel deep inside, that sense of impending doom unconsciously touching some part of you where you really know but don’t want to face it, will be eased.  Once knowledge comes, then understanding, you may better equip yourself for the great change which will have to take place.  Free yourself with this so you can face the future squarely, with apprehension maybe, but less fear.  And if you know anything, you know it is inevitable.  Prepare yourself so you can help those around you.  Become a voice among many.  It is, after all, the squeaky wheel which will get the most attention.

I would appreciate hearing what you think of this documentary after you’ve watched it.  Be ready to wake up to what you already know.

Geologic time and mass extinction events.

Geologic time and mass extinction events. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

P.S. If you read that volcanoes, not an asteroid, killed the dinosaurs, realize it took both for the double whammy to block out the sun and kill all plant life so they actually starved to death.  That could be called failure to thrive, but I’m not sure.

Documentary Synopsis: If current trends continue, scientists warn that within a few decades at least HALF of all plant and animal species on Earth will disappear forever. “Call of Life: Facing the Mass Extinction” is the first feature documentary to investigate the growing threat to Earth’s life support systems from this unprecedented loss of biodiversity. Through interviews with leading scientists, psychologists, historians, and others, the film explores the causes, the scope, and the potential effects of the mass extinction, but also looks beyond the immediate causes of the crisis to consider how our cultural and economic systems, along with deep-seated psychological and behavioral patterns, have allowed and continue to reinforce the situation, and even determine our response to it. “Call of Life” tells the story of a crisis not only in nature, but also in human nature, a crisis more threatening than anything human beings have ever faced before.

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Another review for Ariel’s Cottage

http://mainemuse.wordpress.com/2012/11/30/a-price-for-love-ariels-cottage/ (won’t find)

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http://mainemuse.wordpress.com  GO HERE, it’s the second review listed.

Here is the newest review for Ariel’s Cottage.  I’m very excited about it because someone who normally doesn’t read this type of story really liked it.  That alone says a lot about how good a read it is.  I wish more would consider it.

Also available in Kindle as A Price for Love: Ariel’s Cottage.

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Video Trailer for “Horses”

"Running Horses" Sculpture

Geologic time and mass extinction events.

 

I was finally able to upload my video trailer for Where the Horses Run:  Mass Extinction, Book I.  Goto jvdbooks.tumblr.com.  Let me know if it runs smoothly and how you like it.

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