I will be in Iowa Falls at The Coffee Attic & Book Cellar on Washington Ave. for two book signings of To Dance with Fireflies. The first signing is set for Thursday, 12-6 from 2:00 to 4:00 and the second will be on Saturday, 12-8 from 9:00 until 12:00. Jan, from The Coffee Attic & Book Cellar is also hosting an Art Festival on Saturday. Lots to see, do, eat, meet, and greet.
A recent reviewer on Amazon rated Fireflies as a FIVE and called it “spellbinding.”
Click on To Dance with Fireflies cover and go to Amazon to read the introduction and several pages of the book.
My other books on autism, Tears of Laughter ~ Tears of Pain & I Never Told My Son He Couldn’t Dance as well as my children’s book, Bayo, the Boo Cow will also be available.
Hope to see you there!
Go to Amazon.com for your own copy in either E Book format or paperback.
BE SURE TO LEAVE A SHORT BLURB ON AMAZON ALONG WITH A RANKING.
Enjoy ~ and always dance with Fireflies.
My long awaited mainstream romance is now available at the following locations for your enjoyment. This is a story of love, loss, war, home, family, and longing. We all share those elements of life and we all want to “Dance with Fireflies.”
For your Kindle go to Amazon
For your Nook go to Barnes and Noble
From my publisher, Willow Moon Publishing
To Dance with Fireflies has been a dream of mine but I’ve always envisioned this book with a light at the end just as bright as a firefly’s tail.
I thank Willow Moon Publishing for their expertise, beautiful formatting, and opportunity. To Dance with Fireflies will also be published in paperback in the very near future.
Did I mention that the setting for Fireflies is my hometown of Iowa Falls, Iowa. Fireflies dance more brightly in the Heartland of America.
Call me Surprised.
Agree or not, these are the top ten, best first lines in novels.
See what YOU think!
1. Call me Ishmael. —Herman Melville, Moby-Dick (1851)
2. It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. —Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice (1813)
3. A screaming comes across the sky. —Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow (1973)
4. Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice. —Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967; trans. Gregory Rabassa)
5. Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. —Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita (1955)
6. Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. —Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (1877; trans. Constance Garnett)
7. riverrun, past Eve and Adam’s, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs. —James Joyce, Finnegans Wake (1939)
8. It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen. —George Orwell, 1984 (1949)
9. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair. —Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (1859)
10. I am an invisible man. —Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man (1952)
Front page of Iowa Falls Times Citizen by Eric Mandel, September 11, 2010
(double click on the papers to magnify)
- “Bouquet of Weeds”
I received notice today that my story, “Bouquet of Weeds,” has been selected to appear in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Mothers. This book will be in bookstores October 5th.
The Therapy Dog
My writing friend, Judy McFadden, a member of the Henderson Writer’s Group, self-published her book Life with McDuff. She has had wonderful success and I congratulate her. Judy won the Angel Animal Network Contest AND McDuff is also being written as a Hollywood screenplay. Mc Duff will be right up with the ranks of Lassie and Rin-Tin-Tin. (Am I dating myself?)
“McDuff taught unconditional love, forgiveness, looking beyond appearances, nonresistance, and being of service to others. And, he didn’t stop – even after death.”
This is really an interesting article on autism and ASD in recent movies and television series. I have not seen Dear John by Nicholas Sparks yet, but I wasn’t aware that ASD was a part of that movie. Do click on this link and read ~ I’m certain it’s something you’ll enjoy. Blogs & Stories by Jace Lacob
The tearjerker Dear John—which earlier this month became the first movie to unseat James Cameron’s Avatar from its No. 1 spot at the box office—depicts the decade-long star-crossed romance between two lovers who write each other letters over the years. While neither of the leads (played by Amanda Seyfried and Channing Tatum) in the film, based on Nicholas Sparks’ novel, has autism, the neurological condition hovers over the action as two supporting characters—a young neighbor and the titular John’s father (Richard Jenkins)—grapple with forms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The weight placed on the dual autism storylines is a surprise in what is essentially an old-fashioned war weepy, but it brought a very modern context to Dear John’s love story. (More to read so go to the link ~ Kathie)
I joined Romance Writers of America today AND I joined our local Las Vegas Romance Writers Group, Cactus Rose, yesterday. I’m excited about writing more in the romance genre. Let me share some of the popularity of Romance Fiction (RF):
1. RF generated $1.37 billion in sales in 2008
2. 7311 new romance titles were released in 2008
3. In 2008, romance was the top category on the New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers
Weekly best-seller lists.
4. RF was predicted to be equally as robust for 2009.
Well, there you go. I have had one short piece of RF published by The White Rose Press of which I’m very proud. Shilo combined my interest and knowledge of autism with my love of writing. This is the story of two young adults with autism who fall in love. It is a Christian Romance. You’d love it and it is available for only $2.00 on line. at The White Rose Press.