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Perfect fits Puttin’ on the Ritz

*(From a song written by Irving Berlin, first published December 2, 1929)

During the transition of summer into autumn, there were a number of book contests conducted within the Indie community to recognize read-worthy books in a wide range of genres. Those of us fortunate to win first, second, or third place have anxiously awaited our coveted merit badges to affix on our books.

On behalf of my characters in An Enlightening Quiche, I graciously and proudly display my badge commemorating the 2017 Summer Indie Book Award for “1st Place – Best Contemporary”.  Augusta has nudged me to proclaim the book an “Award-Winning Fiction”.   Definitely a nice ring to the bling!

A shout out to fellow Indie Fab author, Renee Gauthier, courtesy of RM Designs, for puttin’ on the ritz by affixing all the book bling my novel has merited since its first book birthday celebrated on September 20th, including a “Readers’ Favorite 5-Star seal” and “ATAI Fiction Finalist” badge. She not only did that, but created several banners too.

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

While I may not display my adorned book cover every day, on any single given day, I do cite one of my book’s achievements in an ad, along with the tagline, “Acclaimed Contemporary” or “Award-Winning Fiction”.

In my humble opinion, a published author’s finest achievement is that of enticing our target audience to read our book(s) and leave a review. Thus far, the carbon imprint reviewers have left behind for An Enlightening Quiche have bestowed the greatest honor of all!

Blog – Eva’s Byte #127: What’s Your RUSH?

An Indie author, I’m talkin’ about the rush of blood to the head which occurs when an Indie, metaphorically speaking, climbs to the top of Mount Rushmore—however or whenever that might be along an arduous journey to reach the summit of success.

In that regard, my sources for attaining a random, sporadic rush include:

A recent book sale

A new book review

An award:

An Enlightening Quiche recently won “1st Place – Best Contemporary” in the 2017Summer Indie Book Awards contest.

A feature author interview on blog radio:

DIALOGUE: Between the Lines with Susan Wingate – September 26th (10 – 10:30 AM EST):  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dialogue

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Lo and behold, this week’s rush resulting from the ripple effect created by word-of-mouth in my native state of Rhode Island, which I attribute to author events at local libraries:

An acquaintance whom acquired a signed paperback of An Enlightening Quiche mentioned to me in passing that her mother happened to show her a book which she had signed out from the library. Mine! The gal then whipped out her own signed copy to upstage her mom.

I’m still feeling the rippling effect of that rush!

Blog – Eva’s Byte #126: Apples of My Eye

What Indie author wouldn’t trade off the orchard for a coveted book award?

Still stunned, overwhelmed, thrilled, honored and humbled in gratitude—my novel, An Enlightening Quiche, won 1st place for “Best Contemporary” in the 2017 Summer Indie Book Awards contest.  My sincere appreciation to family and friends for your votes to make this achievement possible. Congratulations to all winners in 25 categories.  To every nominee, best wishes moving forward.

https://www.facebook.com/summerindiebookawards/posts/1516891105040630

Moving forward, through continuing what I love best—writing, one apple of my eye is that of launching my next literary endeavor dedicated to my grandnephew:

100 Wild Mushrooms: Memoirs of the 60s.

Having finished editing, revising, and incorporating each memoir, I’m in the final round of proofreading. My cover by R.M. Designs is FAB-ulous! It won’t be long before everything is in apple-pie order for publishing both eBook and paperback formats.

Other apples of my eye to behold are the following contests I’ve recently submitted paperback copies of my novel:

The 14th Annual “Best Book” Awards in the genre of Fiction – Chick Lit/Women’s Lit. (Winners announced November 2017)

http://bestbookawards.com/2017bestbookawards.html

The 2017 New Apple Book Awards for Excellence in Independent Publishing – General Fiction. (Winners announced February 15, 2018)

http://www.newappleliterary.com/

Fast approaching its first-year birthday on September 20th, my novel has achieved literary merit throughout its coming-of-age: Readers’ Favorite 5-Star Seal, ATAI Fiction Finalist, and 2017 SIBA: Best Contemporary for a story whose setting is American as apple pie.

 

Blog – Eva’s Byte #125: Merci Beaucoup!

A fitting title for this week’s blog because my novel, set in northern Rhode Island’s fictitious, French-Canadian mill town of Beauchemins—An Enlightening Quiche— is one of the nominees for “Best Contemporary” in the 2017 Summer Indie Book Awards. Voting officially started at midnight CDT, September 1st.  You can vote once each day up until Sept. 11th.  In competition with many worthy contenders, I’ve been asking for votes to increase my novel’s chance of winning, by simply clicking on this link: https://goo.gl/m57r61

Therefore, to my family and friends who’ve shared my daily Facebook posts and/or voted for my book on any given day, or every day —merci beaucoup!

While I’m eager to win this coveted award, I’m just as industrious in voting for several books nominated in other categories. Likewise, I know other authors are doing the same. Although competitive, this voting endeavor is at best a collaborative effort: Indies Helping Indies. In that regard, here is the link for all SIBA nominees:

https://www.facebook.com/summerindiebookawards/posts/1516891105040630

 Best wishes to every author as this contest winds down and we eagerly await notification of the winning nominees.

Blog – “Eva’s Byte #124: Happy FIRST Birthday!

On September 20th, my second novel in the genre of Contemporary Women’s Fiction, An Enlightening Quiche, will be a year old. Though the paperback version was available as of August 16th, the Kindle Edition went live at Amazon in September. I then created a universal Amazon link:

http://mybook.to/AnEQuiche

*In celebration, I’m hosting a Goodreads Giveaway contest open to US residents for the chance to win a signed paperback copy of the novel (September 1 – 30):

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/251290-an-enlightening-quiche

Leading up to my book’s first birthday, I’m proud of the recognition it has received along the way:

5-Stars from Diane Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review:

http://www.midwestbookreview.com/mbw/oct_16.htm#donovan

 October 30, 2016 – UBR (Underground Book Reviews) congratulates Eva Pasco, author of our latest Pitch Perfect Pick winner: http://ow.ly/DPW2305IZRM

November 8, 2016 – Readers’ Favorite 5-Star Review: http://tinyurl.com/zhapjmc

March 7, 2017 – ATAI (Authors Talk About It) Fiction Finalist: http://tinyurl.com/jgxsa42

(2016 – 17) –  9 Goodreads/Listopia Ranks:

1st in Must Reads by New Authors

1st in Books Set in Rhode Island

https://www.goodreads.com/list/book/32164316

August 31, 2017 – The book cover for An Enlightening Quiche, along with several others, were winners in OUR AUTHOR GANG’s “Friendly Book Cover” contest:

http://tinyurl.com/y9nrxvun

*An Enlightening Quiche is a 2017 SIBA Nominee in the genre of Contemporary. Voting officially starts at midnight CDT, September 1st. You can vote once each day from Sept. 1 – 11.   In competition with many worthy contenders, I’m asking for your vote to increase my novel’s chance of winning:  https://goo.gl/m57r61

I am “September Author of the Month” at blog host, Janet Irvin’s, “The Write Side”. Short and sweet,inquiring minds may want to know my “favorite comfort or reward food”:

https://janetirvin.wordpress.com/september-author-of-the-month-eva-pasco/

Coming Up:

I’m scheduled for two live radio appearances:

OFF THE CHAIN with Author and Radio Host, Yvonne Mason – September 9th (8-9PM): https://offthechainwithauthorandradiohostyvonnemason.com/

DIALOGUE: Between the Lines with Susan Wingate – September 16th (10 – 10:30 AM):  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dialogue

In all honesty and sincerity, I attribute each opportunity along my journey post-publication and beyond to the support and encouragement within the Indie community. May each of us persevere to reach more potential readers and their valuable reviews for our books.

 

Memoir: A Way with Weeds

My dining room window on the second-floor apartment overlooks a concrete inground pool and the land behind the property’s fence line. Since my literary endeavors keep me confined to my office at the opposite end of my unit, any swimmers or sunbathers are out of sight and out of earshot—even those shrill cries of joy ricocheting off the kids playing Marco Polo. Although the pool is available for residents in two buildings, each structure harboring 106 units over a spread of three floors—there are days when no one is around.  Then, I take the liberty to gaze out the window and scan the view beyond the pool, encompassing a vast meadow, once a heavily-wooded area from where rabbits ventured forth and an occasional deer trespassed onto the manicured lawn.

A wild habitat destroyed by backhoes and bulldozers, a couple of years ago, in a matter of days just before the onset of winter! Mother Nature’s blankets of snow covered the ground’s barren shame, frozen for a time, until spring thaw. Then, any substantial amount of rain settled into craters formed by pockmarked depressions in the soil.  During summer’s periods of drought, a layer of dust skimmed the surface of the pool and infiltrated outlying areas.

All because a developer abandoned a massive construction project, citing a “soft” condominium market, and left shaky ground in its wake! Just as anything built by man can be destroyed by Mother Nature, she is also restorative by nature, having a way with weeds.

To my delight, every square inch of acreage is now overgrown, inhibiting one from wading hip-deep through thick-as-thieves density. The rampage of weeds obscures those few houses in the distance, preventing one from peering at the windows to their souls.  Rabbits and deer have regained their footage to grace us with their presence.  Recently, a coyote has been sighted.

Weeds and the wild imaginations of writers cannot be restrained to fit preconceived notions or imposed sanctions.

Eva Pasco’s Websites:

Authors Den: http://www.authorsden.com/evapasco

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/EvaPasco

Eva’s Novels at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Eva-Pasco/e/B00HWMLHL0

Memoir: “Write” of Passage

This memoir was written prior to publication of my second novel which approaches its first birthday on September 20, 2017, when the Kindle edition made its debut at Amazon.

Ever since I submitted the manuscript of my second novel for publication, I’ve been moonlighting by preparing for its debut. One of these ventures involves answering questions for prospective author interviews. I find the process of peeling away autobiographical layers of Eva cathartic as though I’m reclining on a couch while in the midst of an expensive psychoanalytical session with the clock ticking before my half hour is up. Pandering to an author’s alter ego, I interpret each question as a nod for me to babble and blab about my humble beginnings as a wordsmith.

Mmhmm!

And, so, with little prompting, I’ve revisited my childhood and adolescence pertaining to my “write” of passage through those first forays of extracting pulp fiction from the enchanted forest of my wild imagination. Previously revealed in my author bio at Authors Den and elsewhere, “under my mother’s tutelage, I became a proficient typist by the age of nine and soon pounded chapter stories on my girly-pink Tom Thumb typewriter.”

What I’ve never revealed up until now are the stories I composed at the age of twelve. The very first one sprang to mind because of a malfunction in our doorbell which would ring sporadically by itself until my father dismantled the wiring and corrected the situation. Nevertheless, I drafted a chapter story on my typewriter in the genre of mystery—“The Mystery of the Midnight Doorbell,” replete with dialog, secret codes, and a smuggling ring.

Hot to trot along the stubborn keys of a manual typewriter, I struck gold from mining a series of spy thrillers under the auspices of an agency I named I.N.T.R.I.G.U.E. Plucking the names of exotic countries from a map provided settings I knew nothing about. For me, it was all about the action, creating stereotyped characters dripping dialogue in broken English, good triumphing over evil, and gadgetry.

Rivaling the espionage devices in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., the popular TV series created in 1964 which my thrillers predate, I employed such ingenious gimmicks as a radio in the guise of screw back earrings, and a mini-camera concealed inside a carnation boutonniere.

In hindsight, I wish I had invented the shoe phone before the likes of Maxwell Smart, Agent 86, who worked for CONTROL in Get Smart, the comedy, spy-spoof series which first aired on television in 1965.

No surprise, all I wanted for Christmas at the age of twelve was a ream of typing paper to further my “write” of passage. My parents did better than that by placing a brand new, manual, Remington Rand typewriter for grownups under the tree for an aspiring young writer.
Eva Pasco’s Websites:

Authors Den: http://www.authorsden.com/evapasco

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/EvaPasco

Eva’s Novels at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Eva-Pasco/e/B00HWMLHL0

Blog – Eva’s Byte #123: Overlooked Four-Leaf Clovers

An Indie author, my novel in the genre of Contemporary Women’s Fiction—An Enlightening Quiche—is just one of many overlooked four-leaf clovers in the field of books, along with yours.  So, it is all the more rewarding when readers “look over any one of our four-leaf clovers they may have overlooked before.”

Having piqued reader curiosity by whatever means necessary—free or paid ad—to click on the book link, perchance the blurb enticed them to take a leap of faith to make that purchase.  I tend to think their decision may be influenced by reviews.  Reviews not only contain previous readers’ opinions about our book, but they often provide insight and further details on content not revealed in the summary.

An avid reader who selects books written by fellow Indies, I’m constantly looking over other four-leaf clovers, those often overlooked, to read and review. It’s my belief that reviews make an Indie author’s pasture greener for attracting more consumers outside our network.

That mentioned, it’s an opportune time for me to introduce Indie Fab author/historian J.B. Richards’ monthly IHI (Indies Helping Indies) Book Review Project providing FREE “verified purchase” Amazon Reviews and Cross-Promotion for Indie authors through free promotional advertising on Twitter, and about 100 author/reader groups on Facebook.

Those Indie authors with less than 15 Amazon reviews can submit books for IHIBRP reviews posted at her Writers Block on the Yeshua and Miri website:

https://www.yeshuaandmirinovelseries.com/blogfeed

*At the end of each month, Jeannie will post a notification on her Facebook wall to let you know when she will be accepting new submissions. Once the IHI Book Review Project Submission notification is posted (usually on the last business day of the month around noon to 2PM EST), you may enter your book in the drawing at that time!

http://www.facebook.com/jeannie.b.richards

There is only one thing she asks—that upon completion of her duties to you, you heed her request to then turn around and surprise another fellow Indie author by paying-it-forward and doing them a favor (it can be anything such as a book review, author interview, spotlight feature on your blog, or book promotion) with no expectation of anything in return!

Through the endeavor of Indies helping other Indies, may each of our books be looked over, rather than overlooked.

Eva Pasco’s Websites:

Authors Den: http://www.authorsden.com/evapasco

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/EvaPasco

Eva’s Novels at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Eva-Pasco/e/B00HWMLHL0

Blog – Eva’s Byte #122: The Hustle

Like snake oil salesmen, tin men (aluminum siding smooth talkers) and Avon sales reps, the Indie author hustles to sell books. While I may not knock on doors to peddle my wares, I’m tapping into social media.   Prior to publication of my second Contemporary Women’s Fiction novel, An Enlightening Quiche (September 20, 2016) and shortly thereafter, I’ve hustled with bustle:

Facebook author page launch party

Month-long blog tour with Pump Up Your Books

Facebook Author events

Paid ads on promotional sites that offer a subscription service for readers, providing recommendations for eBook purchases through advertising my book along with many others in its genre.

Seeing negligible results despite knocking myself out, I’m skeptical of most things in a market glutted with free and reduced to pennies-on-the-dollar book offers which only serve to deplete the author’s potential to sell books retailing for under five bucks to begin with. Mine is priced at $3.95 for 361 pages—so that’s my bottom line!

Currently, my minimal hustling is reserved to posting five daily Facebook ads in various free promotional groups. It’s catch as catch can for grabbing someone’s attention to click on the link and take a leap of faith in purchasing the Kindle Edition. It’s too far a stretch to bank on signed paperback acquisitions even at a reasonable price of $19.95 for a print book containing 550 pages.

Ads are just one aspect of the hustle. Hustling for publicity is another. In that regard, I’ve lined up a guest spot for “Author of the Month” in September at The Write Side:

https://janetirvin.wordpress.com/

I’m also getting psyched for two upcoming live radio appearances:

OFF THE CHAIN with Author and Radio Host, Yvonne Mason – September 9th (8-9PM)

https://offthechainwithauthorandradiohostyvonnemason.com/

DIALOGUE: Between the Lines with Susan Wingate – September 16th (10 – 10:30 AM)

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/dialogue

As with most hustling endeavors, there are no guarantees for measurable success via sales, other than the certainty—“Nothing ventured, nothing gained!”

Eva Pasco’s Websites:

Authors Den: http://www.authorsden.com/evapasco

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/EvaPasco

Eva’s Novels at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Eva-Pasco/e/B00HWMLHL0

Blog – Eva’s Byte #121: A Rave Review

Just prior to and since the publication of my second Contemporary Women’s Fiction novel—An Enlightening Quiche (September 20, 2016), my blogs starting from #45 (Letting Go) – #120 (WIP!) pertain to aspects of my life as an Indie author.  Not so with #121, a departure, whose title actually refers to the 5-Star rating I’ve allocated for vacation time spent with my mother and sister this week.

Pacific meets Atlantic Coast!

Highlighting a few of our favorite pastimes:

Monday

We hit the ground running by embarking on a girls’ day out which entailed hunting down bargains at Burlington, an off-price retailer. Afterward, we enjoyed a lavish lunch at our favorite restaurant, The Old Grist Mill Tavern, where we dined by a window overlooking the waterfall on Burr’s Pond which pours into the Runnins’ River. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that my mother and sister ordered baked stuffed shrimp for their main entrée, and I opted for lobster sauté.

In keeping with our follow-up tradition, we stepped inside Vinny’s Antiques, just next door, and wandered amidst all the nooks and crannies of yesteryear.

We capped off the afternoon by browsing the aisles of Marshalls.

 Tuesday

In the aftermath of enjoying lunch at Chelo’s on the Waterfront in East Greenwich, the three of us made our own way aboard a high-speed, sightseeing catamaran for a 90-minute, narrated, lighthouse tour viewing 60 miles of coastline. We cruised by ten lighthouses along Narragansett Bay, sailing under the Jamestown and Newport Bridges.

Back on land, we dug into ice cream sundaes at Newport Creamery. There are currently 12 of them—10 in Rhode Island and 2 in Massachusetts.

Wednesday

Having saved money by splurging on bargains at Burlington and Marshalls earlier in the week, we made a pit stop at the upscale Garden City Center in Cranston and browsed inside Ann Taylor, L.L. Bean, and Talbots. We enjoyed a sumptuous lunch at the largest independent dining operation in Rhode Island, and ranked number 66 in the United States—Twin Oaks, overlooking Spectacle Lake. Worthy of mentioning, the rice pudding and tapioca pudding my mother, sister, and I had for dessert.

 Thursday

Before saying our final farewells, we ate breakfast at The Modern Diner, a red-and-cream-colored Sterling Streamliner shaped like a locomotive. The first diner to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located in Pawtucket.

After we hugged good-bye, my sister’s parting comment resurrected a memory preserved in a photo taken during the summer of 2013—“Let’s continue to maintain what we have moving forward!”

Eva Pasco’s Websites:

Authors Den: http://www.authorsden.com/evapasco

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/EvaPasco

Eva’s Novels at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Eva-Pasco/e/B00HWMLHL0