Two New Audio Books!

I got exciting news this week, not one but two of my short stories are now available on Audible and iTunes.

First off my cancer memoir, THE BIG C, is narrated by the awesome Fiona Thraille who previously narrated Tea and Dark Chocolate and Adana the Earth Dragon.

As with the Kindle version all of my royalties from this version of THE BIG C will go to the breast cancer charity, Knitted Knockers.

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Next up is my short story set in the world of P.A.W.S., RAMORA.

Ramora is a young girl who encounters a green fairy and learns the hard way that you should be careful what you wish for.

The story is narrated by Falon Echo who is currently working on an audio version of the P.A.W.S. Saga (Books 1 to 3).

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Want a chance to pick up a free copy of one of these titles? Leave a comment on this post to be entered in a drawing. Contest stays open until Monday.

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P.A.W.S. Saga – Box Set Sale – 4.99

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Need to catch up on the P.A.W.S. Saga? Stocking your Kindle for the summer? Pick up the P.A.W.S. Saga box set this week for just 4.99 or read it for free on Kindle Unlimited.

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Book 1 – P.A.W.S.

Book 2 – Argentum

And Book 3 – Umbrae

Plus for this week only you can pick up Book 4 – Londinium for just $2.99 – get them all before the price goes back up!

 

 

Meet Bob Morris

Today on Paws 4 Thought we welcome sci-fi author Bob Morris.

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  1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Bob.

I was born in Texas but grew up in Colorado. I have written for small-town newspapers for 20-plus years and held jobs in Rocky Ford, Colo., Raton, N.M., and Duncan, Okla., before settling into my current job in Kingman, Kan. Along with newspaper writing and novel writing, I write for the Denver Broncos website, Mile High Huddle and do other creative writing in my spare time – as you can tell, I love writing! Other than that, I volunteer at the Kingman County Humane Society, collect (American) football cards and do a lot of reading. I’m also a comic book geek and my fandom there includes the Arrowverse shows on the CW Network, the Marvel Cinematic Universe and a bunch of graphic novels.

  1. When did you first start writing?

Regarding writing novels, I first started with an idea that popped into my head a few years back for a group of teenage superheroes, but was lacking a premise for how they came together. The idea came from watching the TV series, Young Justice. As I mulled over my idea, I ran across The Hunger Games series and loved it. That’s when I asked myself the question, “What if a group of teenage superheroes emerged in a dystopian world?” And that’s what led to the inspiration for The Six Pack Series.

I started writing the first draft of the first book back in the spring of 2015. From there, I came across the Kansas Writers Association and got useful tips about writing and editing. I read a couple of books about writing from there, did more research, got feedback on my drafts and it took off from there.

My first book, Six Pack: Emergence, was released in March of 2018. The second book, Six Pack: Gyration, will be released May 22.

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  1. Who are your favorite authors?

I’ve loved Suzanne Collins’ work – she’s so good at character development and building tension. I’ve read a lot more books by Stephen King in recent years. Brad Meltzer is another author I enjoy. I also like S.E. Hinton and Douglas Adams.

  1. What inspires you to write?

What usually inspires me are current events or topics and how they could be twisted into a unique story. Also, some TV shows have inspired me to think about what they might look like if there was a different twist to them. And I do get inspiration for characters from people I have met in real life.

  1. Tell us a little bit about your upcoming new release.

Six Pack: Gyration is the second book in The Six Pack Series. It follows up on the events in the first book, in which our group of teenage superheroes is adjusting to a new life, but Tyler Ward, the main character, is worried for the safety of the people they left behind. When he learns that his professor from secondary school is in trouble, he encourages his friends to rescue him – but his decision has bigger consequences than he realizes.

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  1. What attracts to writing sci-fi?

Sci-fi allows you to explore different possibilities for what worlds may look like, how technology could advance and how people may interact with one another. It lets you use your imagination to think about what could be. Though some research is necessary, you don’t have to be as exact as with, say, historical fiction. The ability to think of your own ideas, so long as you keep them grounded in the worlds you build, gives you a chance to be more creative.

Also, I have an overactive imagination, so sci-fi is the best way to use that to my advantage!

  1. What are you currently working on?

I am completing the third novel in The Six Pack Series – it’s going through beta reading and final edits. I hope to have it released next year. I’m also doing a creative writing project on my blog called the Arrowverse, “Other World” in which I look at alternative versions of the characters in the four CW series. I have other novel ideas in mind, but just need to decide which one to pursue next! (This is what happens when you have an overactive imagination!)

  1. What do you like to do to relax?

I’m either reading or watching DVDs. And volunteering at the humane society is another way to relax – what could be better than spending some time with dogs, walking them, feeding them and caring for them.

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I also like to hang out with my parents dog, Ginger. She’s a good friend of mine.

  1. If you could have any superpower what would choose?

Oh, that’s a good question! I think I would go with mental telepathy, because I can imagine the possibilities that would bring. No more guessing whether or not a politician is being honest with you!

Seriously, the possibilities with mental telepathy could go beyond mind reading. I think it would be interesting to see how far that power could go.

  1. How can readers connect with you?

They may find me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bwmorrisauthor. I’m on Twitter at twitter.com/sixpackwriter. I am currently building a new website at bwmorrisauthor.com. I hope to get that website launched in June to kick off a launch party for my newest novel. Until that website is launched, readers may visit my current blog at relaxingwithsixpack.blogspot.com. They may also contact me at bwmorris at mail dot com. And I am working to get a newsletter and mailing list started.

THE SIX PACK SERIES

By B.W. Morris

It all started with a drink – a drink that gave Tyler Ward and five of his friends superpowers. Now they must figure out how their new powers can change society.

But who can they trust?

Who has their best interests in mind and who has a bigger agenda?

And what cost comes with change?

The young adult, science fiction/dystopian series is published by Clean Reads.

SIX PACK: EMERGENCE

Available on Amazon Kindle and Kindle Unlimited.

Just weeks before Tyler Ward is to graduate from secondary school, he learns the truth about Novusordo and how a drink controls the population. After sharing this information with his five friends, they visit a professor’s house, take another drink and gain strange powers. It leads to them learning more about how the government controls people and the discovery of a movement against the government. Calling themselves the Six Pack, Tyler and his friends must learn how their powers can change society. But they first must learn to trust this movement… and even each other.

SIX PACK: GYRATION

To be released May 22, 2018

Months after the Six Pack has fled City 37N104W, Tyler Ward wonders how much longer the Underground Network can afford to wait to make its next move against the Novusordo government. The disappearance of five more students from Monroe Secondary School pushes his desire to take action. And when he learns that Professor Roger Woods may be in trouble, he is convinced he and the Six Pack must take matters into their own hands, even if it means defying the Network. But actions have consequences, and the decisions Tyler and his friends make will impact everyone they encounter — including themselves.

SIX PACK: UPRISING

In editing stages, targeted release in 2019. More info to be announced.

Need something more to read in the meantime. Check out the P.A.W.S. Saga box set (Books 1-3) – Just 4.99 for a limited time.

Meet YA Author – Mindy McGinnis

Today on Paws 4 Thought we welcome Mindy McGinnis, eclectic YA author and kitty-lover!

Hi Mindy, so happy to have you here today. Tell us a little bit about yourself:

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I write across multiple genres – everything from post-apocalyptic survival to fantasy to contemporary and mystery. I have lived in Ohio my whole life and absolutely love it here.

So when did you first start writing?

I wrote when I was a child, experimentally. I never finished a novel until I was in my mid-20s.

Who are your favorite authors?

I grew up reading Stephen King. Some of my more recent favorites would be Frances Hardinge and McKenzie Lee.

What inspires you to write? 

I’m fortunate in that ideas just seem to fall out of the sky. They can occur out of nowhere, and I don’t question that.

Which is favorite title you have published so far and why?

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Probably my fantasy titles, GIVEN TO THE SEA and GIVEN TO THE EARTH. Fantasy is by far the hardest genre I’ve ever tackled. The world building is key, and I found that executing that took every ounce of talent I have.

If you could hang out with one of your characters who would you choose and where would the two of you go?

Probably Lynn from NOT A DROP TO DRINK and we would just hang out in the woods.

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What are you currently working on?

I’m in between books, having just turned in the copyedits for my Winter 2019 release, HEROINE.

What do you like to do to relax?

It’s so rare for me to get to do so, but… reading.

Tell us about your kitties? I hear you have quite a few?

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I have NINE cats, if you can believe that. I had the normal amount of cats (four) until one of the farm kitties abandoned a litter and I ended up bottle raising a group of five. You can’t do that and then “find a good home.” So yeah… now I have nine cats.

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How can readers connect with you?

The easiest way to find me is to check out all my social media on my site:

 http://mindymcginnis.com/books.html

Friday Fiction – Cecilia’s Tale

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The tiny kitten mewed in the clutches of the evil Dogzilla the Dastardly. He had given up all hope of ever seeing his food bowl again.

But what was that? Flying through the air was Super Cici to the rescue. Faster than a speeding furball, she swooped down and scooped up the kitten from Dogzilla’s terrible jaws.

Yet another amazing rescue by the fabulous Super Cici.

Cecilia yawned. She opened her eyes and stretched. That had been an awesome dream, but now she was hungry.

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Want to keep reading? You’re in luck, Cecilia’s Tale, story by Debbie Manber Kupfer with illustrations by Victoria Szulc is now available everywhere including Amazon, Nook, iTunes, Kobo and more, and for a limited time is just 99 cents/99p on ebook. Plus as a bonus if you pick up a copy today in either ebook or paperback and send me a confirmation number I’ll send you a code for a free audio book of the tale recorded by the awesome Fiona Thraille.

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Happy Friday!

 

 

Wednesdays with Yuri

Over at Paws 4 Puzzles today. It’s Wednesday with Yuri and a spot the difference puzzle.

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Hi folks, welcome back for another Wednesday picture puzzle from Yuri Shamne. In today’s puzzle can you find the seven differences between the left and right picture?

A young magician, who mixed everything up 1. Find the 7 differences in the pictures. A young magician, who mixed everything up 2. Find the 7 differences in the pictures.

Have a happy week and come back next Wednesday for another Wednesday puzzle from Yuri Shamne.

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It Takes a Village to Launch an Indie Book – Reflections on Blogging from A to Z 2018

So it’s May and the April showers have turned into the May flowers and now as is traditional I get to reflect back on the crazy month of April when I challenge myself to blog from A to Z.

I started doing the challenge 5 years ago over at my sister blog, Paws 4 Puzzles. For three years I puzzled from A to Z. You can find my old puzzles over here if you’re curious and I’m working to release a book sometime in the future.

Last year I decided to switch it up a bit. I brought A to Z over to this blog and introduced you to a character a day from my P.A.W.S. Saga. Confession here – I actually changed a few names in Londinium (the book I was working on at the time) so that I could have one for each letter! You can check my A to Z of P.A.W.S. over here if you’re so inclined.

This year April was a special month. I had planned to release my new picture book, Adana the Earth Dragon on Earth Day (April 22) that fell right in the middle of the month. I’d been frequented several Children’s Book groups on Facebook and had been wowed by all the talent there was out there in the indie community. But sadly while most of these authors and illustrators produced fantastic books, it was hard to get the word out. So I thought how about in exchange for spreading the word about my little dragon I featured a picture book a day on my blog.

I created a form and was overwhelmed by the response, so much so that for most days in April I ended up featuring not one, but two or three books. I also had to get a little cheeky on some days. For example no one submitted a book that began with the letter V – but I did have two awesome books that featured mice, so V became the day of VERY small creatures!

I hope you enjoyed my posts and have discovered some new great indie picture books for your little ones.

Here’s a link to all the posts in case there are some you missed.

And just a little nudge ADANA THE EARTH DRAGON is on sale this week for just 99 cents/99p on Kindle.