P. C. ZICK – Still Waters Run Deep

 I first met this versatile, super-talented writer and life-saving editor through ASMSG (Author Social Media Support Group). Through it, we knew each other only peripherally, but that all changed when I reached out and hired her as an editor/formatter for my first two books. Having had them originally published through a small press, I told her I needed help in becoming an Indie author. Her response was immediate and highly supportive. Indeed, she became nothing short of invaluable to me, as she took the time to explain basic editorial things such as POV and character development, as well as how to upload my books onto Amazon and Draft2Digital. I soon came to realize that being under her calm, steady tutelage was as if I’d gone to back to college as a writing major and snagged the best professor.

In time, the more I got to know her, the more the phrase “still waters run deep” sifted through my mind. Not a trite, gushy person, all her comments, whether it be about work or the world at large were deep and insightful. Loyalty and honesty were her credos, and for that I will be eternally grateful. In addition, as we continued on in our relationship (with her heavy editing and formatting for my next three books), to my delight, I also discovered she could share a good belly laugh, filled with irony and wisdom. Thank you, thank you, dear Pat! I owe you so much!

Here’s her Bio:

P.C. Zick describes herself as a storyteller no matter what she writes. And she writes in a variety of genres, including romance, contemporary fiction, and nonfiction. She’s won various awards for her essays, columns, editorials, articles, and fiction. Currently, crafting fiction—mostly romances—occupies her time.

Many of her novels contain stories of Florida and its people and environment, which she credits as giving her a rich base for her storytelling. She says, “Florida’s quirky and abundant wildlife – both human and animal – supply my fiction with tales almost too weird to be believable.” The three novels in her Florida Fiction series explore rural, state, and global politics, address the fight between environmentalists and developers, and capture the lives of the people struggling to survive it all. With touches of humor and romance, these novels trace Florida’s history, delve into current events, and imagine future impacts of both.

The three novels in her Behind the Love trilogy are also set in Florida. From love at first sight, to giving love a second chance to friends turning to lovers, the novels run the spectrum of the contemporary romance genre.

Ms. Zick’s Smoky Mountain Romances are all set in southwestern North Carolina and filled with sweet novellas perfect for retreating into the lives of people living in the mountains.

Her latest endeavor of sweet romances, Rivals in Love, takes readers to Chicago and the Crandall family as six siblings of a famous politician attempt to find romance. The first book in the series, Love on Trial, will be released in early 2017 with Love on Board to follow in the spring.

No matter the genre, her novels contain elements of romance with strong female characters, handsome heroes, and descriptive settings. She believes in living lightly upon this earth with love, laughter, and passion, and through her fiction, she imparts this philosophy in an entertaining manner with an obvious love for her characters, plot, and themes.
You can keep track of P.C. Zick’s new releases and special promotions by signing up for her newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/cAt05H. Visit her website to find out more about her writing life at http://www.pczick.com.

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DIANNE HARMAN – A Gracious Tour De Force

I first ‘met’ Ddianneharmanphotoianne Harman several years ago online, through a support group called ASMSG. From the start, I was very impressed with her “Blue Coyote Motel,” a wonderful book in the fine tradition of the Twilight Zone TV show. She created a series from that, adding several more novels.  A great storyteller, she continued on, experimenting with a more political book. Then came her first cozy murder mystery and, as they say, the rest is history. Now, with over twenty-seven best selling cozy murder mysteries under her belt, as well as a new genre  recently out (see below), I feel she is a TRUE Tour De Force. When you visit her Amazon page, you will also see all the various book sets she has set up. The woman is the very epitome of prolific!

Yet, in spite of her tremendous success, she has always been extremely willing to help other authors at the drop of a hat. Along with her combination of talendianneharmanbluecoyotemotelt and drive, she has also maintained her graciousness throughout. Thank you so much, Dianne, for your continual guidance and your ever- ready responses to my rookie questions!

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Dianne Harman draws her stories and characters from a diverse business and personal background. She owned a national antique and art appraisal business for many years, left that industry, and opened two yoga centers where she taught and certified yoga instructors. She’s traveled extensively throughout the world and loves nothing more than cooking, playing backgammon with her husband, Tom, and throwing the ball for their dog, Kelly.

Being a dog lover and having attended numerous cooking schools, she couldn’t resist writing about food and dogs. She’s the author of three cozy mystery series: Cedar Bay, Liz Lucas, High Desert, Midwest, and Jack Trout. Each of these books contains recipes from her travels. Alexis, the first book in the Midlife Journey Series was recently published. This series deals with events that occur in midlife, such as divorce, death, career changes, children leaving home, etc. She’s also the author of the award-winning suspenseful Coyote Series.

A number of books in her cozy mystery series have been designated by Amazon as All-Stars because of their sales, and Dianne has been named by Amazon seven times as one of their most popular authors. Murder in the Pearl District was chosen by Amazon to be one of their Mystery book in their October, 2016 homage of great writing by independent authors!

These are just a few of her many books:

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The Great CLANCY TUCKER, Author/ Blogger Extraordinaire

ClancyTuckerHeadshotLet me introduce you to Clancy Tucker, whom I met three-four years ago when he graciously invited me onto his wonderful blog. As you will see, this great storytelling author/photographer/activist certainly has an impressive biography. But what has equally always impressed me about him is his perpetual generosity, kindness, and eagerness to help people everywhere. Thank you, Clancy, for reaching out to me and many others. You bring continuous education, enjoyment, and care to the world.

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Clancy Tucker is an Australian writer of young adult fiction, a photographer, publisher, and sometime poet. Thus far, he has had 146 short stories, numerous bush poems, 23 manuscripts, and many photographs published all over the world. “Gunnedah Hero” was his first published novel. The sequel, “A Drover’s Blanket,” was his second book and since then, he has written numerous stories about the same family. Clancy has also won many awards, including three in the Australian National Literary Awards. “Gunnedah Hero” has won two of them. He’s lived in four countries, speaks three languages and draws on his life’s experiences to write enthralling stories. Clancy is also a Human Rights activist and a social justice campaigner.

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TRAVELS ON ROUTE 66

A Preliminary Feature of the fine P.C. Zick, here is her explanation and excerpt of her wonderful book, “Live From The Road”

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Put down the pen someone else gave you.
No one ever drafted a life worth living on borrowed ink.
Jack Kerouac
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The Road Where Fiction and Reality Collide

By P.C. Zick (Originally appeared on Stacy Eaton’s blog Authors from Everywhere )

Jack Kerouac’s On the Road inspired me to take my own journey down the Mother Road in 2007. I knew I’d write something about the trip, but I wasn’t sure what it would be. I wrote some articles for the magazine where I worked at the time, but they were nonfiction travelogue pieces. They didn’t convey some of the hilarity and magic that happened when my friend and our two daughters hit Route 66, starting in Chicago and ending in L.A. nine years ago.

A year after the journey, I decided that fiction would be my vehicle for capturing the essence of the trip. I changed all the specifics…

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EffrosyniWrites Offers Author Services and Book Promotions

FROM NICHOLAS C. ROSSIS blog all about Effrosyni Moushoudi and her wonderful promotional help for authors!

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The last of my pay-it-forward series, today’s post is dedicated to EffrosyniWrites and her author services. For a while now, Effrosyni has been offering services to authors and receiving smal…

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AUTHOR WEDNESDAY – S.R. MALLERY

Thank you, Pat Zick, for featuring me on your blog! It lets me share how wonderfully colorful western cowboy lingo truly is…

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cropped-typewriter.jpgIt’s already hump day, and that means another installment of Author Wednesday. I’m very excited today to welcome S.R. Mallery. I know her as Sarah, and I’m proud to say that not only have I had the privilege of working with her as an editor, but she has also become a dear friend in this sometimes isolated profession as an author and editor. She’s a gem, and she’s just published her first “Wild West” historical romance, The Dolan Girls.DOLAN_GIRLS_large

From S.R. Mallery on writing The Dolan Girls

When an author keeps on writing one particular genre, people naturally assume his or her choice of reading material is undoubtedly in that same genre. I pen mostly historical fiction; ergo, my TBR pile must be filled with books of that same ilk.

No, not necessarily. Although I do read practically every fictional genre, I tend to gravitate toward mysteries, thrillers, and…

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Benefits of Reading Infographic

I couldn’t resist re blogging this one. Love the sentiment, LOVE the vintage graphics!

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82 delicious layers, 12 hours of work dedicated to those who adore reading and book. Feel free to share it, and if you wish to make a print of this for educational purposes, don’t hesitate to contact me in order to get a free, print-resolution copy.

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Update: Some people asked for a print of this infographic. But, unfortunately, they had problems with meeting printing requirements. If you wish to have it ready in print, it’s available here on Zazzle. You can change the size as it please you, but please consider keeping the text readable.

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Review: “The Dolan Girls” by S.R. Mallery

This very lovely feature today is from the fine author and very gracious person, Christoph Fischer

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28099855“The Dolan Girls” by S.R, Mallery is an instantly captivating historical novel set in the 1800s. It follows the life of Irish immigrants in Nebraska. A well written and clever narrative shows us the Dolan women’s trials and tribulations: as women, as Irish and family members.
This is heart warming and tragic at times, but “Hope springs eternally” and there is an optimistic and positive touch through all the tragedy.
As European reader interested in historical fiction I was particularly pleased withy how much I learned from the book. Hugely enjoyable.

Blurb: The Dolan Girls by S. R. Mallery has it all. Set in Nebraska during the 1800s, whorehouse madams, ladies of the night, a schoolmarm, a Pinkerton detective, a Shakespeare-quoting old coot, brutal outlaws, and a horse-wrangler fill out the cast of characters. Add to the mix are colorful descriptions of an 1856 land rush, Buffalo Bill and his…

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Review & Giveaway: The Dolan Girls by S. R. Mallery

Thank you so much, Melinda Hence, for reviewing and featuring THE DOLAN GIRLS today!

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About The Dolan Girls

The Dolan Girls by S. R. Mallery has it all. Set in Nebraska during the 1800s, whorehouse madams, ladies of the night, a schoolmarm, a Pinkerton detective, a Shakespeare-quoting old coot, brutal outlaws, and a horse-wrangler fill out the cast of characters. Add to the mix are colorful descriptions of an 1856 land rush, Buffalo Bill and his Wild West Show, Annie Oakley, bank/train robberies, small town local politics, and of course, romance. Two, in fact!

My Review

The Dolan girls will pull at your heart, especially Cora. No surprise the many challenges women faced during the 1800’s Wild West, however their strength and resilience pulled them through these rough and rugged times. Mallery provides solid characters, crude outlaws, and notable figures such as Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill along with historical references as they roll across the pages like tumbleweed. A compelling read with strong themes…

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