Monday, August 8, 2016

Another Miraculous Monday

Summer Wrap Up

I launched Sign of the Green Dragon, and am still alive to talk about it. If that's not a miracle, I don't know what is. I jumped into a couple of Blog Hops that I felt I could handle along with my book event, and I tackled two garden projects that were long overdue. But I looked out at my hammock and thought how I hadn't spent half the time there I'd planned to this summer, and already the back-to-school ads are popping up. So it goes. 


That Hammock Awaits!

Some of you know that just before this book launch I signed up for an online course in copyrighting--something I knew nothing about. I skipped through the course, picking out what I needed to give me immediate help, so now I plan to take some time to explore the modules more carefully. I've already shared some information with my Email Connect followers and I'll be sharing more with them soon. 


My Email Connect Buddy

Connections with writers continue to keep me writing. A new friend (we actually had coffee and talked) connected me with one of her friends who is starting a Silicon Valley publication for local authors. Because I'm among the early subscribers, I get a full page ad for Sign of the Green Dragon. I love the energy of young writers and publishers, so this is going to be fun. When the magazine comes out, I'll show it to you here.



Mark Noce, Author of Between Two Fires

August will be the 5th month for my Featured Follower of the Month. I'm still experimenting with the idea for supporting authors more fully and more creatively. It's not a finished product yet, but I'm hoping I can polish and tweak it as I go, especially as I learn more from the copyrighting course. Oh, and about this month's Follower. . . I'm going to meet Mark Noce. He's signing books at a library near me. 

Here's to a wonderful end of summer month to all of you. 



Lynda R. Young has a book out this month, so here's Lynda!





Cling to God: A Daily Devotional.

by Lynda R Young

Release date: October 18th, 2016
Published by Freedom Fox Press

Cling to God in the chaos of life…

Cling to God is a book of devotionals for every day of the year. The aim is to encourage Christians in their faith, to help them think about their beliefs and learn more about God. The devotions are short and inspirational so that people with busy lifestyles will still be able to spend time with the Lord each day. It will appeal to a wide Christian audience, to those new in their faith as well as those matured beyond milk and honey.


Author Bio: Lynda R. Young, a Christian first, writes devotionals, articles, and speculative short stories. In her spare time she is also an editor, game developer, artist, and dabbles in photography and all things creative. She lives in Australia with her sweetheart of a husband. 

You can find her here: Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads

Links in full:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5832201.Lynda_R_Young



Quote of the Week: "The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated." William James, philosopher

80 comments:

  1. That's cool you get a free ad.
    Looking forward to Mark and Lynda's books!

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    1. One thing about blogging is you get to meet the authors. I'm such a fan girl when it comes to authors.

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  2. Glad you survived the launch,
    Most enjoyable post to read, loved the hammock. Oh I do miss a garden.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Gardens make me very content. I must have or be near one.

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  3. That hammock looks real inviting. It has finally cooled just enough here to be able to enjoy a hammock outdoors. It appears you've found a great contact with Mark and congratulations to Lynda.

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    1. I see that hammock from my office window and it beckons. Glad you've finally gotten good outdoor weather to enjoy.

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  4. Congrats to everyone on book releases and Lee on your launch glad you survived it.
    Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

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  5. I can never enjoy the hammock for long. I always see something in the garden that needs tending, and the longer I lie in the hammock, the more it bothers me! Hopefully, with your garden projects completed you'll get to enjoy yours!

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  6. We have a hammock but no place to hang it at the moment. Anyway, by the afternoon it's too dang hot to be relaxing in it.

    Congrats on the ad, and I'm looking forward to your sharing more tips!

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    1. Hope you find a way to hang your hammock!

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  7. Congrats to Lynda on the book release and looking forward to hearing more on Mark. Glad you survived your book launch and the new magazine sounds interesting. Love your hammock. Can't use mine today as it's raining.

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    1. Raining? Now that's what I call a miracle, but that's because I live in California.

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  8. That is great you got a free ad. Never know what connections will be made along the way.

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    1. That's what makes this writing business so interesting.

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  9. Congratulations to Lynda on her new book.
    That hammock does look inviting.
    Have fun with the new magazine. That's exciting.
    Have a great week.

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  10. Love the hammock, would love to have one one of these days

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    1. They are soothing. Just have to find the time to be soothed.

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  11. Getting in early is the key. Good luck with the ad.

    I'm pretty much to the point where I'm letting the garden do whatever it wants the rest of the summer. Groundhogs have already decimated the marigolds and deer have nibbled off all the shoots on my phlox. Right now I'll even welcome weeds if they add more green to the garden.

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    1. I hear you about those critters. Last year we had a deer break in that wiped out almost everything. It took one night for them to undo a year's work. Here's to greenery--weeds or not!

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  12. You need to make the time to spend one day on that hammock. If you don't make the time, there will always be something that needs your attention. Sometimes it is a good thing to say, "What is put off today can still be put off tomorrow." Congrats to the 2 authors and I like your idea about showcasing an author on your blog

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    1. You are so right. I will pay attention to your advice, Brigit! Glad you like the Email Connect idea.

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  13. Very cool about that class! And yay for Mark and Linda! I loved Mark's book.

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    1. The setting was particularly interesting.

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  14. Don't remind me that summer is almost over. Soon snow will be here and the winter catering that comes with the day job. I'm not ready.

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    1. I understand. Of course, we don't see much snow where I live, so all I can hope for is some rain.

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  15. Hi, C. Lee!

    I live in Central Florida where summer doesn't end until December and spring starts again in January. :)

    When I was a young boy in rural Pennsylvania we had a hammock stretched between two trees. I loved to recline in it for hours at a time gazing at the patches of sky and clouds visible through the canopy of leaves above.

    I realize that the vast majority of your cohorts are published authors. During the two phases of my career, I worked in the fields of television news copywriting, advertising and promotional copywriting, and script writing for short films, motivational seminars and business presentations. Thank you for accepting me into your circle even though my background does not match most of your other friends. I sincerely thank you for continuing to take an interest in what I am doing at SDMM and I invite you over this Friday when I present a 50 year flashback!

    Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend C. Lee!

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    1. You are the perfect friend to have. You understand copywriting ( which I now see that I misspelled!) You're always welcome here; we need new blood. I'll pop in for your 50 year flashback.

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  16. I miss my old hammock -- it was from the Navy, made of canvas, and very much relaxing to lay in and watch my two dogs wander and play in the backyard. Best of sales for SIGN OF THE GREEN DRAGON!! Thank you for helping me with my last book blog hop. :-)

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    1. I love the swinging, swaying motion of a hammock. Nothing lulls me faster than that. Thanks for the good wishes.

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  17. There's still time for you to get into your hammock. You deserve it with all you have been doing. Glad your book release went well. Congrats to Lynda on her book!

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    1. Thanks, Natalie. Birthing books is always interesting and tiring.

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  18. Hammocks are extremely relaxing. You can assemble one now (designed by a student) for sleeping under your desk at work!

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  19. I sympathize with your longing for your hammock. I have a chair o my back deck that is my happy reading place and I have not spent early enough time there this summer.

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    1. We need to make a pact. One hour a week, at least, in that hammock before it's too late.

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    2. And it will be too late, too soon!

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  20. It sounds like the book launch went well. Have fun in your hammock!

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  21. I used to have a hammock in my parent's back yard. I would spend the whole day in it with a pillow and book. (Throw in some M & Ms and Root Beer and that's my idea of heaven.) Hopefully, you can visit yours soon.

    I finished reading Sign of the Green Dragon and posted about it over at www.tamaranarayan.com today. It's a fun and creative story. Congrats.

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  22. I'm completely ignoring those back to school ads!!
    Strangely, I've never been in a hammock but I'd love to try one out.
    Congrats on surviving - definitely not an easy task but you were great!
    Yay for Lynda! :)

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  23. Everyone is excited for Lynda's book.

    I wish we had a hammock. We need a few trees for that though.

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  24. Sounds like you've had a good, yet productive summer! Oh, I could use a nice hammock right now.

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  25. Your hammmock looks enticing. And congratulations on surviving (and triumphing) the latest launch.
    I am so not looking forward to summer. Would you like to keep it? Please.

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  26. A free full-page ad? Wow, how exciting! Congrats!

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  27. Congrats! Hard work and a great imagination eventually pays off. Woot!

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  28. That hammock is pining for you... I can tell.
    Yay on getting the ad. That's great. Hopefully you'll gain heaps of interest in your book from it.
    Thank you so much for sharing the happy news about my book. You're wonderful!!

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  29. Can't wait to meet you in person, Lee:)

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  30. Glad you made it through the book launch. The back to school ads always start about a month before back to school for us, so I don't pay them much mind, or consider them the end of summer.

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    1. Yours is probably the best way to approach this seasonal change.

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  31. I can relate. I feel like this summer has been nothing but work, work, work. Life is short. We need hammock time too!

    Congrats on a successful launch, and congrats to Lynda as well. <3

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    1. We do work hard, don't we? Every writer I exchange thoughts with is on the go all the time.

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  32. Congratulations to Lynda!

    I'd love to have a hammock, though knowing my weak stomach, it'd give me motion sickness. I have fond memories of the glider on my paternal grandparents' front veranda, though, and always wanted to have my own glider someday.

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    1. I'm not good on the open sea, but so far the hammock has treated me well.

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  33. Hi Lee - that publication sounds a great idea and opportunity. Meeting Mark will be - fun - looking forward to that ... while Lynda's book looks to be a 'must have' ...

    Now gently rocking in a hammock sounds very good to me! Cheers Hilary

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    1. I hope this publication takes off and succeeds. Another way for authors to showcase their work.

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  34. Congrats to you and Lynda. It's wonderful making connections and reaching for those opportunities.

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    1. Always something new popping up in this business.

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  35. Bravo on surviving the launch! The copyrighting class sounds interesting!

    I love the hammock. Summer is somehow slipping by too fast. Glad you were able to get outside to some gardening projects.
    ~Jess

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    1. If only I'd known all of that before. What a difference it would have made.

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  36. Congrats to Lynda and to you, Lee! Book launches can be exhausting. Go use the hammock!

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  37. Summer is flying by for me as well. Every now and then I enjoy an afternoon out and about. Otherwise it's work, work, work. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

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  38. Congrats to you for Sign of the Green Dragon. Congrats to Lynda and to Mark. A congratulations for everyone! :D

    That hammock does look inviting.

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    1. Tomorrow that hammock swings with me in it.

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  39. That hammock looks so inviting. I admire your goals of support for other writers.

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    1. Thanks, Susan. I love writers. I've always loved them, but now more than ever because I understand what they're up to and up against.

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  40. …and very comfy it looks. I’m not great at getting into and out of a hammock, but I do enjoy them once I’m aboard!
    Congratulations on the launch of Sign of the Green Dragon and Congratulations to Lynda also.

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    1. I've landed upside down a few times. Only the birds saw me, so that was good.

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  41. Summer seems to have stalled over here in northern europe. I don't know where it's gone. Congratulations to you, Mark and Lynda on the new publications. Enjoy the rest of the month :) More time in the hammock required :)

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  42. That hammock looks pretty good! I think it's calling your name.

    Mark's new book is terrific. He should have a lot of success with it.

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  43. Hey superstar author, Lee!

    Nice mentions of Mark and Lynda. Congrats to them, to you, heck, congrats to everybody and then some.

    Ah yes, it's "Hammock Time" by "MC Hammock"....

    As usual and always n'stuff, I'm your starstruckest fan, Lee.

    Penny's fictional character,

    Gary.

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  44. I wants me that hammock!

    And cool to hear all this publications news :)

    Damyanti

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  45. I've been seeing green dragons all around the Twitter too! It's almost like Pokemons....

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