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Event: Blue Water Author Event June 24th! Port Huron Convention Ctr! 60 #MichLit Authors! $2tix @ door! #MotownWriters

 https://www.bluewaterauthorevent.com

The 2017 Blue Water Author Event is being hosted by Breigh Forstner in downtown Port Huron right along the St. Clair River, directly under the Blue Water bridge. With over 60+ authors including some locally known and some from out of state, we expect to see a great turn out with many different genres of books!

 

Author, Sylvia Hubbard, Founder of Motown Writers Network, will be there with Tanner’s Devil and some special swag for all her readers who bring paperback books for her to sign, buy a book or show her you have any of her paid books downloaded to your account.

(Just show your e-reader with Tanner’s Devil on it!)

Swag will include a personalized pen and journal, a special readers button, a special story and more!

 

 

https://www.bluewaterauthorevent.com

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Come out & meet Author Leila Lacey at Barnes and Noble in Troy, MI. @leilalacey1 #MichLit #Motownwriters @BNTroyOakland

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Come out and meet Author Leila Lacey at Barnes and Noble in Troy, MI.
Barnes and Noble Troy
396 John R. Road
Troy, MI 48083
248-577-5056
Barnes and Noble Site: http://hyperurl.co/hpp5o5
Leila Lacey Website: http://hyperurl.co/e6cb9n
@BNTroyOakland #Bowdowntothecurves#curvyGoddess #indieauthor #detroit

Author’s Amazon Page to see more books: http://amzn.to/2qPwS0Q

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#MotownWriters Author Feature: EA Comiskey #Michlit #MotownLit

EA Comiskey

 

E.A. Comiskey is an award-winning writer and nationally syndicated blogger. Her debut novel, More Things in Heaven and Earth (2016, Nuff Said Publishing) has been a best-seller in its category on Amazon and the sequel, Dwelling in Heaven and Earth (June 30, 2017 – Nuff Said Publishing) is the winner of the Wattpad Fic Awards for Best Supernatural/Paranormal Novel. Her work is broadly described as “speculative fiction” and often includes elements of mythology, fantasy, horror, and romance.

She lives in southeast Michigan with her husband, children, and a veritable zoo of creatures.

About the book: MORE THINGS IN HEAVEN AND EARTH

“The veil is coming down. What will be revealed about you?”

Simone Fitzgerald battles for a normal life against voices no one else hears. She seems to be succeeding, until an angel appears, asking her to embrace the voices as a gift and stand as The Prophet.

When demons mobilize the beings of legend against mankind, Divine Wrath burns hot against creation. Simone must find the strength to embrace The Light and bring peace to the universe, but she may be crushed under the weight of the burden she’s been asked to bear.

Follow an epic journey that takes the earth you know through a time when fairy tale creatures rule and into realms undreamed of.

 DWELLING IN HEAVEN AND EARTH

Book Two in the Heaven and Earth Series.

In the name of safety, the elders have shut out the outside world and demanded a culture of strict conformity. Shifrah’s differences create a mental prison from which she cannot escape–until Donovan rides into town.

The Blood Drinker, Donovan, son of the ancient Prophetess, has come to warn that the demon queen has rallied her army to attack the city. He implores them to disperse across the land, trusting in That Which Is to protect them. The city’s leaders remain adamant that safety is found in the fortress they have built, but, as tensions rise, Shifrah uncovers the gruesome truth of their secret attempts to appease the Bloodless.

Donovan decides to change Shifrah into a Blood Drinker. Combined with her Gifts, she’ll be as powerful as the gods, but she can’t save her people until she learns to overcome her own dark appetites by embracing her dark nature.

Upcoming Authors Appearances:

Blue Water Author Event: June 24, 2017, Port Huron, MI

Kerrytown BookFest: September 10, 2017, Ann Arbor, MI

Twitter: @eacomiskey

Facebook: LazzyHippieMama

Purchase MORE THINGS IN HEAVEN AND EARTH

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#MotownWriters Author Feature: Cassandra Scherer @authorCassS #Michlit #MotownLit

 

Cassie Scherer

Cassandra Scherer is a mother of two and wife of one who has been writing her whole life. I’m third grade she wrote a story called Time Stone which would eventually become what is now The Stone Doorway. Cassandra loves to sing, camp and dirt bike with her family. She is in the process of completing her masters degree in early childhood education in the hopes of one day opening a nature-based preschool and daycare center where children can connect with nature. 

 About the book:

Tori’s life was no fairy tale. Abused, abandoned and forgotten she had lost herself inside of her own fear. But on the night of the meteor shower, her whole world will change. Suddenly, she is thrust into a world where nothing makes sense and humans are hunted and enslaved and she must become her own hero. She must fight to find her inner strength to not only save herself, but the others trapped there with her. She must become what she never thought she never could… Brave.

Upcoming Authors Appearances:

Blue Water Author Event June 24th

Once Upon A Book Signing August 11-12th

For other appearances please visit Line by Lion Publications

More From The Author: www.beyondthedragonflies.com

Connect With The Author:

Twitter: @authorCassS

Facebook: The Stone Doorway

 

Purchase The Stone Doorway

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#MotownWriters Author Feature:Melanie Moreland #Michlit #MotownLit

New York Times bestselling author Melanie Moreland, lives a happy and content life in a quiet area of Ontario with her beloved husband of twenty-seven-plus years and their rescue cat, Amber.

While seriously addicted to coffee, and highly challenged with all things computer-related and technical, she relishes baking, cooking, and trying new recipes for people to sample. She loves to throw dinner parties, and also enjoys traveling, here and abroad, but finds coming home is always the best part of any trip.

Melanie delights in a good romance story with some bumps along the way, but is a true believer in happily ever after.

 

About the book

A tyrant by day, a playboy by night. That is the reputation that precedes Richard VanRyan. He lives life the way he wants, no concern for the opinion of others. He cares for no one, is completely unrepentant, and he has no desire to change his ways.

Katharine Elliott works under Richard as his PA. She despises him and his questionable ethics, but endures all the garbage he sends her way, because she needs the job. Her end goal is far more important than the daily abuse and demands she tolerates from her nasty tyrant of a boss.

Until the day, he asks her for something she never expected. A new role with a personal contract— fiancée instead of PA.

What happens when two people who loathe each other, have to live together and act as though they are madly in love? Sparks. That’s what happens.

Can the power of love really change a person?

Will they survive the contract?

What do you do when the one person you hate the most becomes the one person you can’t live without?

Upcoming Authors Appearances:

Kiss and Tell, Allentown, PA July 29, Books in Vacationland, Portland, Maine Oct 14

Connect With The Author:

Twitter: @MorelandMelanie

Facebook: authormoreland

 

 

 

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Meet&greet other mystery/suspense/crime writers @ the 1st Michigan Sisters/Misters in Crime Event on July29, 2pmAunt Agatha’s #AnnArbor via @MI_SinC

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Meet-and-greet other mystery/suspense/crime writers at the first Michigan Sisters/Misters in Crime event on July 292:00-4:00, at Aunt Agatha’s mystery bookstore in Ann Arbor.
 

A panel, consisting of a mystery author, an investigator, and a district court judge, will discuss “Bad Guys/Gals.”

 

Open to everyone interested in the genre. Space is limited. The opportunity to sign up for this free event, coming soon!
 

Email us at:Michigansinc@gmail.com for more information. Find us on Facebook and Twitter; @MI_SinC.

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#MotownWriters Author Feature: Amy L. Johnson #Michlit #MotownLit

Amy L. Johnson

A Grand Rapids, MI native, Amy L. Johnson is a student of life striving to do the next right (or left) thing depending on what inspires her. Amy’s BFA in Graphic Design favors her being curious, creative, considerate, and clever. She loves a good laugh and generally believes that dogs are better than people. This is her first published book.

 

About the book:

You are about to eavesdrop on a conversation between two brothers from 1942 to 1945. LETTERS Lost Then Found features letters exchanged between 19-year-old Freddie, a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Forces who flew over 120 combat missions, and his 30-year-old brother Willie, Circulation Manager of the Michigan-based Saginaw News. The letters reveal the drama of battle, the daily life that goes on for both brothers, and the vital importance of family connections. Includes a “Day in History” section on each page that provides a glimpse of what was happening in World War II at the time each letter was written. Finally, “LETTERS Lost Then Found” hones in on the China Burma India Theatre, often referred to as the war’s “forgotten” theatre, where Freddie served. A ticker tape reminiscent of the Western Union Telegram runs across the bottom of each page that explains why this theatre was such an important part of the larger conflict.

Awards & Honors:

2017 International Book Awards

Finalist HISTORY & MILITARY Category

2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Winner

BEST OVERALL DESIGN NON-FICTION Category
Finalist
HISTORICAL NON-FICTION Category

2016 Foreword INDIES Book Awards
Finalist War & Military NON-FICTION Category

2014 Publication Design Awards
National AAF Gold Student ADDY Award
District Six AAF Gold Student ADDY Award
West Michigan AAF Student Best of Show Award
West Michigan AAF Gold Student ADDY Award

 

Upcoming Authors Appearances:

Blue Water Author Event
June 24th, 2017
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Blue Water Convention Center
800 Harker Street
Port Huron, MI 48060

Stories Among Us July 1st, 2017 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM The Bookman  715 Washington Ave. Grand Haven, MI 49417

Michigan Authors at the Lakeshore
Friday, July 7 (10-6) to Saturday, July 8 (10-6).
The Frauenthal Center for Performing Arts
425 W Western Ave.
Muskegon, MI 49440

Connect With The Author: letterslostthenfound.com

 

Purchase, LETTERS Lost Then Found 

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#MarketingMonday w/@PamPerry: How to Use Web 2.0 to Get PR 2.0 For Your Book Or Ministry #bookpromo #ammarketing

820d9-pamperry-731603Online Publicity – PR 2.0 is the way to go!

The internet is not going away. You’ve got to embrace. The Michigan Chronicle is even online and some of the editors blog there! So, how do you as an author or an aspiring – use the internet to the max? Here some tips:
1. Write a web site plan. Know what you want it to do before you build a site. Create a favorable buying experience for your ministry products. Make the web site easy to use. Provide good customer service by shipping products within 5 to 7 days. Use auto responders when people make purchases. Make your site “shopper-friendly.”

2. Attract people to your site by promoting it through frequent email campaigns linking back to the site. Have your site content-rich to keep visitors at your site, wanting to share it with others. This is called viral marketing.

3. Capture names of visitors by using a “squeeze page.” Offer something for free like a CD or booklet if they provide their contact information. Get their email address at the very least so you can send the booklet in a PDF file or the CD as an MP3.

4. Publish a regular online magazine called an Ezine. This is a motivational tool for people to look forward to receiving. It has the ministry updates in it.

5. Include recent news hits in your ezine. Stream TV interviews and audio clips. Use a template from an Internet database management company like Constant Contact. I’ve used them for years!

6. Join discussion groups and nings like ChocolatePagesNetwork dot com. You can learn a wealth of information this way in any particular industry. There are groups for pastors, ministry communications professionals, Christian authors, or whatever your specialty. Look up your area of interest in Yahoogroups, connectplatform.com or Google.

7. Put banner ads on other sites that your target audience may visit. If it is Gospel Today or DetroitGospel dot com, inquire about placing a banner ad on those sites. These ads are usually very inexpensive. You can promote your TV ministry schedule or other products.

8. Update your site frequently. Current information sends the message that you are current in your ministry. It keeps people coming back to your site. Try new things on your site like podcasting or webcasting. Keep it fresh.

9. Concentrate on great content so the search engine optimization will give you a high ranking when people are surfing online via search engines like Google or AOL. Adding links is another great way to increase your site rankings and get noticed among the search engines.

10. Add a “news room” to your site. The media will access your high-resolution photo (300 dpi), get a press release, ministry history and a good bio from this section. It makes their life easier and shows you’re a pro at handling media interviews. This is also a good place to list other media hits that you have received like magazine/ezine articles, radio interviews, and columns you’ve had published.

11. Create a blog. Do this only if you have time to keep it up. A good blogger posts about 2 to 3 times a week. A blog is like a personal journal online. A blog is an abbreviation of “weblog.” It is the online version of you. It’s more personal and informal than a web site and visitors can respond directly to you. Go to blogger dot com to set one up free. See the Ministry Marketing Solutions blog. It’ll give you ideas too.

12. Use a signature at the end of every email that includes your tag line, web site, blog and contact information. Please. The best form of advertising – and it’s free!

Ministry marketing pioneer, Award-winning social media strategist and PR Coach Pam Perry helps African American Christian authors garner publicity and leverage online strategies. As a 20-year PR veteran, she is also the co-author of “Synergy Energy: How to Use the Power of Partnerships to Market Your Book, Grow Your Business and Brand Your Ministry.” She offers help through her private mentorship program at http://www.PamPerryMentoring.com

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#MotownWriters Author Feature: Randy D. Pearson #Michlit #MotownLit

Randy D. Pearson

A life-long resident of the mid-Michigan area, Randy D Pearson has been writing stories ever since he could hold a pencil or type on his Atari computer. He currently has two novels in bookstores – Driving Crazy, a humorous road trip story, and Tell Me a Story, a 30-year collection of his best short stories. In addition, Randy’s writing has appeared in several publications, including The Washington Square Review, Pets Across America, Retrocade Magazine, Small Towns: A Map in Words, Seasons of Life, and Voices from the Ledges. He currently lives in Olivet, Michigan with his wife, step-daughter, and four cats.
 
About the book
Driving Crazy:
Jaymond Naylor thought winning the Crazy Climber auction would be the hard part. Man, was he ever wrong! With his best friend Austin Ridenour by his side, Jay takes to the streets in this wild, hilarious adventure set in the summer of 1999. During their journey from Lansing, Michigan to Weedpatch, California and beyond, they’ll run headlong into adversity, desperation, and their fair share of lunatics. They’ll need every ounce of their luck and ingenuity if they hope to get this classic arcade game, and themselves, home in one piece.
Our heroes would rather spend their time seeing the sights, but they can’t. They’re too busy… Driving Crazy.
 
Tell Me a Story:
One man’s love for his wife shines brightest when he’s telling her stories. Imagination, real life, and creativity whisk her away to distant lands, taking her on one amazing adventure after another. Join them on this journey through tales of humor and intrigue, drama and excitement, one story at a time.
 
Upcoming Authors Appearances:
June 17 – Ann Arbor Book Festival
June 25 – Blue Water Author Event – Port Huron, MI
July 14-17 – Midland River Days Festival
July 16 – Detroit Festival of Books
July 22 – Flint Literary Festival
August 5 – Island Art Fair – Grand Ledge, MI
August 18 – 19 – Ox Roast – DeWitt, MI
Connect With The Author:
Goodreads: Randy D Pearson
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Event: JUN24th Pen & Tablet Writers Meet Up #motownwriters RSVP Now! via @andi2747

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Pen & Tablet Writers Meet Up

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This will be our first in person meet up! Bring your notebook, tablet, laptop, pens and pencils because we’re going write.

The first hour we’ll do some writing exploration. In hour two, we write.

I’ll need to know who is definitely going to attend to help secure the location.

Thank you for your interest.

Connect with this group at: https://www.facebook.com/events/138204133403480/?acontext=%7B%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D
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#MotownWriters Author Feature: Laura Antonelli @AntonelliAuthor #Michlit #MotownLit

Laura Antonelli

Laura Antonelli, originally from Algonac, Michigan is an author, mother and a survivor. Excelling in writing at an early age, even though Laura lives with Bi-Polar Disorder which has been a personal struggle since the age of 14. Having endured medical dilemmas requiring five major surgeries in 7 years (during which time she wrote her first book), she still managed to raise her daughter and obtain a college degree. Life has given Laura an untold wealth of unusual experiences upon which she draws in her writing.

 

About the book: 

 The mind processes the highs and the lows of life that pass through our conscious and our unconscious thoughts. 

That process becomes a balancing game canceling out the extreme highs with extreme lows or sometimes by throwing us into a state of denial. When that happens we simply retreat from our reality or make one up. 

Faith was on a high. 
One of the highest- All consuming love. 
She had a vision of how life would be. 
It didn’t happen. 

The Mind in its infinite wisdom will always protect itself first. Faith McKinney and those who dwell within her mind go on a murderous rampage and intrigue in this Erotic-Psychological Thriller trilogy.

Upcoming Authors Appearances:

 Blue Water Author Event J
 800 Harker Port Huron, Michigan 48060
 Blue Water Convention Center
Connect With The Author:
Facebook: Laura Antonelli
Linkedin: antonellilaura

 

 

Fatih (Book 1)

 

Patience Delivered (Book 2)

 

 

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#MotownWriters: Writers Have a Cornucopia of Conferences to Choose From

When DBW tried to boost attendance at its now-defunct conference by adding an indie author track, I noted that there were cheaper and better conferences where authors could learn more about the business of writing.

A couple of those better options just crossed my desk.

Writers Have a Cornucopia of Conferences to Choose From Conferences & Trade shows

The Virginia Writers Club is holding its annual symposium on 5 August. Navigating Your Writing Life will be held in Charlottesville, VA, and will feature a keynote address by Jane Friedman.

This year’s theme is Taking the Next Step in Your Writing Journey, and will feature workshops and panels on a variety of topics to help you move forward with your writing goals.

The symposium runs one day, and costs $90 to attend. (Many attendees will probably spend more on travel expenses.)

In comparison, the much better-known Writer’s Digest conference runs for three days in August and costs $469. I thought that was a good value when I attended last year, even with the travel expenses.

And then there’s the BookBaby Independent Authors Conference, which lasts for 3 days in Philadelphia in November. I just learned about BookBaby’s conference and cannot comment, but I do like the $99 price tag.

Read more: https://the-digital-reader.com/2017/06/13/writers-cornucopia-conferences-choose/

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Announcing The 2017 Guide to Manuscript Publishers: FREE BOOK Now!!

I am writing to announce the release of The 2017 Guide to Manuscript Publishers. The book is now available to you, completely free for a limited time.

The book includes detailed reviews of 134 publishers that accept submissions directly from writers. If you want to get published, this book is for you.

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Attention ‘Doctor Who’ fans: #Detroit to get its own TARDIS in the form of a free library #motownwriters #MichLit

Dan Zemke, 28, of Detroit has been a fan of “Doctor Who’’ for years.

He’s wanted to build a replica of the show’s TARDIS, or Time and Relative Dimension in Space time machine, for a while now.

On Saturday, he’ll be unveiling  the 10-foot tall, one-ton structure, which is headed to the Woodbridge area as a shared library at the corner of Vermont and Warren.

Read more: http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2017/05/31/detroit-tardis-free-library/358755001/

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Meet&greet other mystery/suspense/crime writers @ the 1st Michigan Sisters/Misters in Crime Event on July29, 2pmAunt Agatha’s #AnnArbor via @MI_SinC

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Meet-and-greet other mystery/suspense/crime writers at the first Michigan Sisters/Misters in Crime event on July 292:00-4:00, at Aunt Agatha’s mystery bookstore in Ann Arbor.
 

A panel, consisting of a mystery author, an investigator, and a district court judge, will discuss “Bad Guys/Gals.”

 

Open to everyone interested in the genre. Space is limited. The opportunity to sign up for this free event, coming soon!
 

Email us at:Michigansinc@gmail.com for more information. Find us on Facebook and Twitter; @MI_SinC.

See more information and subscribe to more events at:

http://buff.ly/2qyo7Y0 

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