MICHAEL BELLITO’s new release “Abner’s Story” is my featured blog book of the week. A great book about baseball and a very big Cubs fan! Here is a blurb to tickle your reading bone…Abner is one hundred and nineteen years old. He is desperately trying to make his one hundred and twentieth birthday so he can see his beloved Cubs win the World Series. It is the year 2020, and Abner is the only living person to remember the last time the Cubs won the World Series. Matt and Jason are two pre-freshmen who have taken on a summer assignment: interview an older man. They dejectedly move toward the senior home and their first meeting with Abner. Before the summer is over, they will be cheering with Abner for the re-born Cubs. Whether you’re a Cubs fan or not, you’ll enjoy this story: Abner’s Story.
Be sure to get your copy of "Abner's Story" today, for yourself or for a fellow baseball lover. It is available in print or ebook at amazon.com. You can also click the cover on the right side-bar of this blog to order directly from OTP.
MICHAEL BELLITO and “Abner’s Story” are featured at Venture Galleries. Take a look at the following link: http://venturegalleries.com/uncategorized/authors-showcase-abners-story-by-michael-bellito/RICHARD MARRANCA, author of “Dragon Sutra,” along with Magrita Meltzer will have an essay on health, science and the vegetarian diet in the next issue of Watkins Magazine from London!
“Watkins' Mind Body Spirit is a quarterly magazine published by London's oldest esoteric bookshop. We cover a full range of subjects from contemporary spirituality to self development and mysticism to perennial wisdom. Since 2011 we also publish an annual list of 100 most spiritually influential living people - this very special issue comes out every Spring.”
MARRANCA will also have his piece, “Huston Smith: Wisdom in a Bewildered World,” published in the February 2014 issue of Archaeopteryx: The Newman Journal of Ideas. Great job, RICHARD!
Kings River Life Magazine has a review and giveaway of P. J. NUNN’s book “Angel Killer.” Click the following link:http://kingsriverlife.blogspot.com/2014/01/angel-killer-by-pj-nunn.html
Kings River Life also has a review up of JOHN DANIEL’s “Hooperman: A Bookstore Mystery.” It can be found at this link: http://kingsriverlife.blogspot.com/2013/12/hooperman-by-john-m-daniel.htmlJOHN DANIEL shares a New Year's tradition on his blog. This weeks blog post also introduces newcomers to "The Joy of Story" and welcomes back regular readers. Bonus feature: two 99-word stories with the theme "They're Gone." http://johnmdaniel.blogspot.com
J. L. GREGER has a lot going on promoting her writing talents and her new release “Ignore the Pain.” This is the third book in her medical mystery series. The first two books being “Coming Flu” and “Murder: A New Way to Lose Weight.”In December, GREGER joined some other OTP authors revealing secrets (perhaps better left untold) on "12 Questions Tuesday" on HOLLI CASTILLO's blog: http://www.gumbojustice.blogspot.com/2013/12/jl-greger-twelve-question-tuesday.html .
GREGER ended the year with a blog called "Did you ever notice how many mysteries feature a dog?" at http://jlgregerblog.blogspot.com/2013/12/did-you-ever-notice-how-many-mysteries.html.
To start 2014 off, GREGER asks the question "What's the Right Title for Your Next Novel?" The answer can be found on Morgen Bailey's (from the UK) writers' blog from January 2. http://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/2014/01/02/guest-post-whats-the-right-title-for-your-next-novel-by-jl-greger
Coming up on January 18, she will visit MARILYN MEREDITH and they will discuss "Does a Cover Sell a Novel?"On January 19, GREGER will talk on “Urban Legends about Publicizing your Books” at Joanne Troppello's Social Media & Book Marketing Blog.
J. L. GREGER recently visited with Caleb Pirtle of Venture Galleries to talk about "Naming a Novel is Tricky." http://venturegalleries.com/guest-blog/naming-a-novel-can-be-tricky-business/
GREGER also recently had a book signing at Under Charlie's Covers in Bernalillo and Title Waves in Albuquerque. Really? Under Charlie's Covers? I love it!
BERYL REICHENBERG, author of “Butterfly Girls” has a blog article on the Savvy Author's blog site, to be published on Friday, January 10 about the difficulty of learning to read and it's implications for authors of both children and adult books. She outlines how children learn to read, the added difficulty of learning with dyslexia and then makes some specific suggestions for authors on how they can help the 10 to 20% of the populations who are dyslexic.Being dyslexic herself, BERYL shares with the blog reader her own journey in learning to read, including later difficulty with spelling, learning foreign languages and singing on key. She also highlights some of dyslexic's strengths, such as being creative and artistic. As an author or if you are one of the 20%, you might find this discussion enlightening. Click on this link - http://savvyauthors.com/blog/index.php/the-difficult-road-to-learning-how-to-read-by-beryl-reichenberg/ or go to http://savvyauthors.com/blog/
One final irony: Beryl now writes and illustrates picture books for young children! And does a terrific job!BLOG CORRAL
JAMES CALLAN, author of “Cleansed by Fire” and “A Ton of Gold” has two blog spots to share this week. On Sunday, January 12, see his blog on Venture Galleries titled “Snow and Surprises.” http://bit.ly/1bfPbBeThen, on Thursday, January 16, JAMES will be blogging on Pat Gonzales site on the topic of “First Impressions to help establish a character.”http://www.pattishene.com/theover50writer
CORA RAMOS, author of “Dance the Dream Awake” shares a blog post with us this week. Be sure to give the following link a look...an inspiring way to start the new year:
ROBERT WEIBEZAHL, author of “The Dead Don’t Forget” answers the Dames' Dozen for Caitlyn Hunter on the wonderful Dames of Dialogue blog. http://damesofdialogue.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/mystery-author-robert-weibezahl-answers-the-dames-dozen/
LORNA COLLINS, author of “Ghost Writer” blogs about book covers. Until she became an author, she’d never given much thought to them, but now they’ve become very important. Find out how hers were created. http://lornacollins-author.blogspot.com/
D. R. RANSDELL, author of “Mariachi Murder” blogs about mariachi (leading, of course, to murder!) http://drransdell.wordpress.com/2013/12/30/why-i-love-mariachi-brass-versus-strings/
DAC CROSSLEY, author of “The Revenge of the Texas Ranger” has had a fussy computer, but has an entry on his blog for December 31st. "The Two-Faced God." www.daccrossley.typepad.com
That wraps up the Round-Up for this week. I hope everyone enjoys the Weekly Round-Up as much as I enjoy posting it for you. As always, if you have something you would like to submit to the Round-Up, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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