Eva’s Byte #189: Home Sweet Home

Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays,
‘Cause no matter how far away you roam,
When you pine for the sunshine of a friendly gaze,
For the holidays, you can’t beat home, sweet home.

*From: “(There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays”; published: 1954; best-known recordings by Perry Como

The lyrics may hold true for many of us. For some, heading home for the holidays is stressful. Assuming there’s no place like home, where exactly is “home” for the rest of the year?

If home is where the heart is, I feel at home in my native state of Rhode Island which affords me access to the ocean, my favorite place to be. Throughout my childhood and young adulthood, I felt at home in the town of Lincoln. In that regard, I’m glad I preserved details of the past by writing/publishing my nonfiction memoir collection, 100 Wild Mushrooms: Memoirs of the ‘60s (2017).

I never felt at home in South Kingstown where I resided for 15 years because most of that stretch was spent out of town during my teaching career. These days, while my abode is homey, I can’t say I feel at home in the town of East Providence either, a stranger among many who keep to ourselves in an apartment complex.

I’ve come to believe that “home sweet home” is not tied to any particular place. It’s a headspace where we bask in the sunshine as we define it. Until we’re comfortable in our own headspace, books provide an outlet for us to lose and find ourselves while homeward bound.

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Eva’s Byte #188 –So, It’s Almost Christmas

And, “literally”—what have I done before this year is over to benefit the surplus population of the Indie community?

In my capacity as a reader, I completed the 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge: 4 books ahead of schedule, and surpassed my goal to read 25 books:

https://www.goodreads.com/user_challenges/11482188

I’ve reviewed every one of these books, and posted my reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, Authors Den, Google+, Facebook, and BookBub.

In my capacity as an Indie author, I’m participating in two holiday events on social media. In the spirit of the holiday season, I’ve pledged to donate copies of my books:

Indie Advent Calendar Event:

December 23rd – Eva Pasco, featuring An Enlightening Quiche (Contemporary):

*For a chance to win a selection of eBooks every day from December 1st – 25th, you can enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway Contest by answering questions posted on the event page—starting on the 1st, and not before!

https://www.facebook.com/IndieAdventCalendar/

Or: https://www.facebook.com/IndieAdventCalendar/

FYI: Nearly 400 books, and over 35 paperbacks, along with bookmarks, prints, pins, and postcards will be given away. I’ve pledged eBook copies of An Enlightening Quiche.

12 Days of Christmas Book Buying Event (December 13th – 24th):

Readers will buy one Indie book per day for 12 days.

Readers only will post. Authors can list their books in the comments. Each reader will list what type of book(s) they are interested in buying, as well as a preferred price range. One can participate as a reader, author, or both.

https://www.facebook.com/events/278153022841901/

 For prize giveaways, I’ve pledged to donate eBook copies of An Enlightening Quiche and 100 Wild Mushrooms: Memoirs of the ‘60s, along with a print copy of An EQ within the USA.

*Books are ideal holiday gifts for everyone on your shopping list—they’re inexpensive and their stories last a lifetime.

*Books have potential to add light and make the holiday season bright.

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Eva’s Byte #185: Power of Persuasion

An indie author, I expend a minimal amount of energy on marketing and promoting my books, refusing to analyze and strategize Facebook or Amazon ads. It’s a costly exercise by trial and error. Even after reading the scant stories of successful authors who’ve discovered their successful algorithm to earn a lucrative living from writing, I’m not impressed or enticed in the least.

Of sound mind—a dubious claim, I didn’t sign up for becoming an expert in marketing analysis. I’m a writer who firmly believes “word of mouth” is a published author’s best marketing tool for persuading readers to take a leap of faith in purchasing a book.

And, so—whenever possible, I incorporate a snippet from a reader’s review in the ads I create:

Add text to photos – https://picfont.com/

This indispensable marketing tool enables me to compose ads for each of my books, like the one you see in the featured image. Prepped the evening before, I post such an ad in various promo groups on Facebook.

As to their power of persuasion, my burden of proof reverts to the number of Booklinker URL clicks which automatically take potential readers to the Amazon storefront. Hence, it’s catch as catch can.

I’m not faring any better, or any worse, had I heeded a snippet of the marketing advice floating around. As I’ve learned the hard way, failure comes at a price, with little to nothing gained from my own expense. Namely, the revenue from book sales.

*Yet, a picture with testimony has potential for motivating the beholder to take action.

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Eva’s Byte #179: True Colors

‘Tis the season of autumn! Due to shorter periods of daylight and cooler temperatures, deciduous leaves stop their food-making process. Hence, chlorophyll breaks down, whereby the green color disappears, giving rise to a spectrum of yellow, red, orange, and even purple hues.  In essence, these manifestations are the leaves’ “true colors”.

An Indie author who primarily, but not exclusively, writes fiction in the genre of Contemporary, I strive to embrace realism and portray female protagonists over forty who grapple with, confront, and overcome their personal dilemmas to become empowered in making profound life changes for the better.

In order to achieve this goal, the characters must evolve organically so the reader can see their true colors:

From chapter 1 of An Enlightening Quiche—in Augusta’s words:

Autumn was indeed a tragic opera when bleeding crimson hearts expired soon after attaining their height of glory. Sadness engulfed me and mushroomed into a dark cloud hovering over the realization my own peak season had terminated when I turned the Big Four O, beaucoup months ago last November. Thus far I hadn’t exactly set the world on fire the way Mrs. Blais envisioned I would, subliminally affecting one of her many Freudian slips into Dante’s inferno.

Burnished or tarnished—when the reader finishes leafing through every page, the characters will have revealed their true colors.

The latest REVIEW excerpt – “Via two women narrators, I plunged into the intricate and tangled lives of Beauchemins’ natives and had a great time. Pasco spins a complex and engaging narrative whose protagonists, Augusta and Lindsay, as well as Yolande, Monique, Hal, and Norm, felt like old friends. I could easily imagine dropping by their homes for a mug of coffee and having a good chat.”

*Art imitates life, whereby book characters eventually reveal their true colors.

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Eva’s Byte #178: More than I Can Chew

Aren’t most of us multitaskers juggling various aspects of life? A rhetorical question, for sure!

Seems to me, Indie authors do an awful lot of juggling pertaining to the craft of writing itself. Whether we undertake every component ourselves, or solicit others to do it for us, the list includes, but is in no way limited to: story development, editing, cover design, production/formatting, distribution, and marketing. The beat goes on.

Setting all of this aside, I’m one of many Indies who aspires to purchasing and reviewing books written by fellow self-published authors as a show of support. Herein lies, my admission for biting off more than I can chew:

Sitting on my Kindle, waiting to be opened, are 58 books! Can’t say I’ll read every one of them due to time constraints, but wish I could. Most certainly, I’ll bite off even more than I can chew by purchasing more books that strike my fancy.

There’s no rhyme or reason for my sequence in reading those in waiting, preferring to follow my heart’s dictates. A discerning reader with high standards, most of the books I’ve read have merited 4-5 stars, indicating that Indies are a force to reckon with.

That said, I received an email notification this week pertaining to my nonfiction book, meriting its second award in a 2-wk. period:

We had a staggering 1,023 entries in the 2018 TopShelf Indie Book Awards, and your book 100 Wild Mushrooms: Memoirs of the ‘60s has been selected as a Finalist in the category of Memoirs (Other)!

Warm Regards,

Keith Katsikas
CEO & Publisher
TopShelf Magazine

 *Choose the road less traveled: Read a book written by an Indie.

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Eva’s Byte # 177: The ONE

I’m talkin’ about that ONE book which increased your appetite to a feeding frenzy for becoming a voracious reader without let up. For me, my no-turning-back moment, except for turning back the pages to read that ONE again and again, occurred in third grade. A nine-year-old so smitten with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, I signed it out from the school library several weeks in a row.

Years later, life imitated art for conveying the central themes in Baum’s classic, when I composed “Mr. Wizardo,” a Contemporary novella off the beaten path of the yellow brick road. This novella of 18,535 words is part of an anthology comprised of adult fairy tales, Once Upon a Fabulous Time, co-authored with fellow Indie Fabs: Aliya DalRae, R.M. Gauthier, JB Richards, Lyra Shanti, and Joanne Van Leerdam.

The anthology was recently chosen an “Official Selection” for the category of “short story collection” in the 2018 New Apple Summer eBook Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing. As we Fabs say, “Huzzah!”

Ironically, I’m not a reading fan of fantasy per se, preferring books in the genres of Literary Fiction, Dark Fiction, Contemporary, True Crime, Detective Stories, and Mystery. Yet, there’s no mistaking the impact of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz through its powerful and pervasive themes which smack of realism:

Duplicity. Illusion. Individuation. Self-Realization. Female Empowerment. Enlightenment.

There’s no place like the home one makes between the pages of an engrossing book.

 

*Name that ONE book which defined your reading experience and had a profound effect on your life.

 

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Eva’s Byte #175: Brash Talk

Not trash talk, the use of insulting or boastful speech intended to demoralize another—but, “brash talk,” the milieu of writers for creating memorable lines.

In my opinion, brash talk—whether bawdy, angry, caustic, or love-struck—generates its own brand of eloquence:

 

From William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Hermia to Lysander – “Graze on my lips, and if those hills be dry/Stray lower where the pleasant fountains lie.”

From Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, my all-time favorite novel: Heathcliff to Catherine – “Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living. You said I killed you–haunt me then. The murdered do haunt their murderers. I believe–I know that ghosts have wandered the earth. Be with me always–take any form–drive me mad.”

 

Talk is cheap—unless vivid and character driven!

 

One of my pet peeves as a reader is that of coming across lame dialogue which can’t hold a candle to the wind. Therefore, when writing, I try my best to avoid composing drivel, while staying true to my characters. My own worst critic, the other day, I scrolled back to chapter 10 in my WIP, editing what didn’t wash with me.

I felt a whole lot better for executing this line, spoken by my protagonist, Aida, to her best friend during a flashback scene: “Muriel, didn’t anyone ever mention that you can’t commit a murder by death wish alone?”

 

*You’re cordially invited to drop a line of brash talk either from your own WIP, or from a book you’ve read.

 

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Blog – Eva’s Byte #150: Book Badge Bling

Got bling?

No one ever said Indie authors “don’t need no stinkin’ badges” in furthering our cause of recognition in a polysaturated book market. (Misquoted line from the film, Treasure of the Sierra Madre, whereby the bandit leader, Gold Hat, actually replies, “I don’t have to show you any stinking badges!”)

I’m honored, proud, and thrilled to display every “stinkin’” merit badge on my book covers for my multi-award winning Contemporary, An Enlightening Quiche, and my recently published nonfiction memoir collection, 100 Wild Mushrooms: Memoirs of the ‘60s.

The purpose of this blog is to share news about the latest badge both of my aforementioned books received this week when the prestigious badge made its debut—IHIBRP (Indies Helping Indies Book Review Project) Recommended Read Award.

*In the words of author, historian JB Richards, the award’s originator:

“Are you an Indie Author with less than 15 Amazon reviews? If so, you may be eligible for my IHI Book Review Project! You’ll receive an IHIBRP Book Review that will be featured on my blogs at The Writers Block, Goodreads, and Twitter. Amazon “verified purchase” review, and a promotion of your IHIBRP review on Facebook and Twitter. But wait… there’s more—Should your book qualify as an IHIBRP 5 Star Recommended Read, you’ll earn an Award Badge which can then be affixed to the cover of your work to tell the world this is an exceptional read! The best part is, there’s absolutely no catch and no hoops to jump through—All I ask is that you pay-it-forward to our Indie community! Interested? Check out my award-winning IHI Book Review Project here!

Should your book qualify as an IHIBRP 5-Star Recommended Read, you’ll earn an Award Badge which can then be affixed to the cover of your work to tell the world this is an exceptional read! The best part is, there’s absolutely no catch and no hoops to jump through—All I ask is that you pay-it-forward to our Indie community! Interested? Check out my award-winning IHI Book Review Project here!”

https://www.yeshuaandmirinovelseries.com/single-post/2017/08/29/IHI-Book-Review-Project-IHIBRP-Submissions-Guidelines

*The Badge is created by author R.M. Gauthier, courtesy of RM Designs, in affiliation with the IHI Book Project. It may not be reproduced or shared without the written consent of JB Richards for any purpose other than which it is intended in conjunction with her IHI Book Review Project.

https://www.facebook.com/RMCustomDesigns/

For Indies, book badge bling enables our books to stand out in a crowded market.

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Blog – Eva’s Byte #146: Special FEB Feature – “All about Love”

Looking for “love”? You’ll find it in an exclusive anthology of romantic poetry and novel excerpts from authors across the genres.  Turn the pages of ALL ABOUT LOVE—a Valentine’s Day Special Issue Magazine. Concept, design, and cover by Erika M Szabo—author, artist, graphic designer at Golden Box Books Publishing, where you’ll find this collection:

*Read and enjoy poetry and novel excerpts contributed by each author.  Click and enter to open your heart to the possibilities:

http://online.pubhtml5.com/ahsh/yknd/

My author contribution is from Contemporary Women’s Fiction, An Enlightening Quiche.

On the subject of LOVE in this week’s blog, I couldn’t resist sharing two of my favorite quotes from my all-time favorite book and film about doomed romance:

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë – “My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary.”

Casablanca – “Ilsa, I’m no good at being noble, but it doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.”

Besides the invitation to read our romantic excerpts in ALL ABOUT LOVE, which hopefully will strike your fancy to acquire the book(s) from whence love springs eternal—comment by pasting your own favorite “love” quote from book or film.

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