Thursday, March 31, 2016

You say you wanted THE BLANK BOOK in paperback?


Paperback is here! Or rather, it's at Amazon. Here's the blurb again, just for fun:

Alice Williams’s calm, predictable world changed in an instant. Most everybody in the small town of Serendipity, Indiana has rallied around her, and Alice's new life is beginning to take shape. But something is very wrong. 

A girls’ night out results in an unusual writing project, for which Alice chooses an antique leather-bound blank book. The story she's begun to pen starts to alter her reality, and that of the man she has met only in her dreams. 

Movie star Robert Diamond doesn't want anything to do with Alice, or with her little hometown. His only reason for coming to Serendipity is to put an end to the life-altering dreams he's having. Dreams that feature a woman who looks just like Alice... 

Only by working together can they uncover the secret behind the Blank Book, and create the future each of them wants. 

Writer’s block can be maddening when you’re literally writing the story of your life.

THE BLANK BOOK (Book #4 in the Serendipity, Indiana series) is a heartwarming small town romantic mystery. As with all of the Serendipity books, this story also has a surprise ending.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Madison, Indiana - Authors Fair April 2 and 3

If you're within driving distance, check out this event. The most recent count I saw was fifty authors.

I'm sad to be unable to attend this year... Please go out there and enjoy it for both of us!

Learn more at the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/556420121174927/

Magdalena

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Tucson!


In February, I received an invitation to visit friends in Tucson, Arizona, and to attend the annual Tucson Festival of Books, March 12 and 13.

The photo above was taken just prior to a super fun panel called "Homicide and Hot Dish" at the book festival. Authors on the panel were Sophie Littlefield, William Kent Krueger, and Elizabeth Gunn.

The photo below is a smidge of the Sunday crowd on the mall of the beautiful University of Arizona campus. Yeah, the weather was beautiful Sunday. Also every other day.
Flying to Tucson a few days prior to the festival and coming home a few days after, I enjoyed a mostly unplanned, and completely undeserved week-long vacation in my friends' guest suite. They treated me to scenic drives, walks in the desert, and delicious dining in their home and at unique local restaurants. I met new people, reconnected with others, and took every day as it came, without a single worry. 

We had a picnic on Mt Lemmon, in the Santa Catalina Mountains

Worry-free is not the way I generally get from one day to the next. It seems I'm always fretting about something. "Borrowing trouble," as the saying goes.

Saguaro and me - Sabino Canyon
I didn't feel as if I needed a vacation, but I think I must have. In spite of the time difference, I was the first to bed at night and the last to stir each morning. I slept well (Oh! the blessed Quiet!), and awakened refreshed.

I'm home now from Tucson, energized and excited about work, and life in general. 

In at least three panels at the festival, from authors in a variety of genres, I heard this message :

I don't write because it's easy (it is Not!), but because it's the only thing I'm good at. So I'm thankful for the ability, and do the best I can.

If I had signed on for a retreat, I can't imagine a better one.

Feeling blessed,
Magdalena





Monday, March 7, 2016

Read an eBook Week, March 6-12, 2016

Sorry for the cluttered graphic. I literally ran out of room before I got all my covers stacked up. I didn't have space for Under the Mistletoe or The Holly and the Ivy.

During Read an eBook Week, you can grab whatever titles you're interested in at the discounted price--only at Smashwords.

One beauty of buying at Smashwords is that you can choose whatever format you want. Have a kindle? Download your purchases in mobi format. Read on nook? Download the epub format. You get the idea...

Detailed information is at the site. If you haven't tried Smashwords before, this is a great time!

For the Serendipity, Indiana series, click here. 
For books about the McClains of Legend, Tennessee, click here.

Be sure to use the discount code associated with each book, when you get to the checkout.

I'm glad to be able to share these bargains with you. Happy shopping--and happy reading!

Magdalena

Friday, March 4, 2016

"Lucky 7" Ups and Downs

Happy Friday! I thought it might be fun to take a day for us to catch up with each other.

1. I had a few comments on my question "What's your theme song?" February 28 on the Sweet Romance Reads blog. At this writing several days later I'm still theme song-less, although I continue the attempt to channel my Inner Jessica. Do you have a theme song, or a suggestion for one? I'm all ears. (Family trait.)

2. Our weather continues to be completely messed up, in between brief periods of normal-for-the-season temps and precipitation. In one of our oddball storms this week, lightning took out my wireless router. Now I can only be online when my laptop is plugged directly into the blue internet cord thingie. I do still have internet, thank goodness. Managing without it would be a challenge.

3. I've been doing well on walking and doing yoga daily, but sitting in my desk chair for so many hours has resulted in back pain. I can usually stand or sit in different locations while I work, but See Item 2. I wonder about buying one of those balance ball chairs to use instead. Have you ever tried one? (The router will eventually be repaired or replaced, but I still wonder about the balance ball chair.)

4. My insomnia is so much better since I started drinking a cup of chamomile tea each night, tucked up in bed with a good book. I read for an hour or more, and when I go to sleep, quite often it's a real night's sleep instead of the two hours here, wake up for an hour or so, sleep two or three more hours routine I had been experiencing for way too long. Getting actual rest is a huge life enhancer. I had heard rumors to that effect.

5. I've been reading women's fiction, by Marcia WillettElin Hilderbrand, Marisa de los Santos, and LuAnne Rice. The downside to enjoying such big, juicy, awesome novels? I am left thinking there is no way I'll ever write as well as these ladies. Which may well be true, but is also a major bummer.

6. When I'm not depressed about being just me, instead of one of the authors mentioned above, Carla Standish's story is coming along. On those good days, I'm happy with Carla's story and think my readers will love it. On the other days...well, let's not talk about that.

7. My email newsletter sign-up form was nonfuctional for a while. Yikes! To check whether you're signed up, go here and enter your email address. The form won't let you sign up more than once with the same email address. I send an issue monthly-ish. It's been more ish than monthly so far this year.

Off the top of my head, that's what's up with me.

What's your news?

Magdalena

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

1 Short Paragraph from THE BLANK BOOK

In Alice's kitchen, shortly after Mr. Tall-Dark-and-Handsome appears on the scene. He is speaking:

“I’m here because you somehow called me here. I’ve had dreams of Alia and me—I mean, Alia and Drey—for several weeks. Every night it’s the same dream! And every day I think about her and know I have to be with her. I don’t know how I was able to find you or how you’ve been doing this to me, but it’s got to stop. Now!” He pounded the table with his fist, and both mugs jumped. Some of my untouched coffee sloshed out, and I looked at the dark-beige puddle and wondered how my life had gotten this weird.




From THE BLANK BOOK, Copyright Magdalena Scott.
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