Share: America’s reading trends

Jhonathon Sturgeon analyzes Amazon’s Bestselling Books for 2014 in this POST for Flavorwire. Indie writers should note: serial narratives are hot!

Blog tour thank you!

I’d like to thank these kind people who hosted me or visited here during the celebrating of my Book Blog Tour Nov. 16-Dec. 6 for In the Shadows of the Onion Domes. Just click on their photos to visit their websites.

Donna Fasano

Donna Fasano

Marci Diehl

Marci Diehl

Mike Foldes

Mike Foldes

Kate Wyland

Kate Wyland

Melissa Smith

Melissa Smith

Cheryl Solimini

Cheryl Solimini

Mark Smith

Mark Smith

Deborah Nam-Krane

Deborah Nam-Krane

Lindsay Edmunds

Lindsay Edmunds

R. Lynn Archie

R. Lynn Archie

Laura J. Bear Photo by Kevin Tomasello

Laura J. Bear

Susan Helene Gottfried

Susan Helene Gottfried

oniondomes_cover_300x456Congratulations to the winners of my Book Blog Tour Giveaways.


  • Signed In the Shadows of the Onion Domes paperback goes to Gwen Bell.


  • Signed In the Shadows of the Onion Domes paperback goes to Ann Shaver
  • eBooks: The House With the Wraparound Porch – Shelley Summers
  • A Wisdom of Owls – Carolyn Rae Williamson
  • The Terminal Diner – Barbara Hawk
  • 3/17 – Judy Marsh
  • A Sudden Gift of Fate – Rachael Brown
  • The Cyber Miracles – Ally Swanson
  • Original drawing of the Chenango River – Chris Tevyaw

Thank you all for participating.

Twenty Questions with Mike Foldes


Author Mike Foldes

1.Name: Mike Foldes

2. How long have you been a writer?
Since college, really, but I can remember writing poems as early as when I was ten or 12.

3. What formats do you publish in?
Online, Print

4. What genres do you write in?
Fiction, Short Fiction, Poetry, Technical, Nonfiction…

5. Are you on Twitter or Facebook?
Twitter: @Ragazinecc

Foldes's latest book

Foldes’s latest book

6. How do you want your readers to feel after they’ve read your book SANDY, Chronicles of a Superstorm?
Sandy was one of those historic storms that affected people all up and down the northeast coast, and in turn, far more widely than just the coastal areas that were hit hardest. I wanted to capture and create individual portraits that looked into the lives of some of the affected, to see what they saw, feel what they felt, and to have those insights resonate with the reader. Christie Devereaux, whose photos and paintings illustrate the book, read the poems, and with her long history of living near the sea, thought her paintings and photographs would make a complementary statement in a somewhat more abstract way than simply including  photographs of storm damage. I wholeheartedly agree… We are donating a portion of the sales to Sandy Recovery Efforts.

7. What’s your current book?
I have another project of poems and altered art by Christopher Panzner, an American artist/filmmaker/designer who lives in Paris. This is an ekphrastic project, in that I wrote the poems in relation to the images. I ran across one of Christopher’s pieces and sent him the poem  I wrote for it. He asked if I would be interested in doing a series… The art and poems are done, now, and we had one of them selected for a show in Chicago last year of altered art. Now to find funding or a publisher who will take it on.

8. What’s your next book or project?
Most of my “free time” these days is spent publishing Ragazine.CC, The Global Online Magazine of Art, Information and Entertainment. We’re getting ready for Volume Eleven, Number 1, due out in early January. I have a collection of poems and am looking for a publisher – other than the one with Panzner — but don’t have anything else in “new” writing projects on tap for the foreseeable future.

9. What types of jobs have you had other than writing?
Lifeguard, grocery bagger, bartender, waiter, warehouse grunt, art gallery proprietor, carpenter, ad writer, copy writer, copy editor, news editor, managing editor, executive editor, columnist, advertising manager, inside sales coordinator for an electronics company, electronics manufacturer representative,and most recently regional sales manager for medical video equipment used in operating rooms and other hospital areas…

10. What did it feel like when you were first published?
It was great. Actually, it always feels good to know someone likes a piece enough to give it light. The first poems I had published (and paid for) were in the Village Voice, back in 1973 or 1974… I think they sent me $75.00 each.

11. What’s your go-to song when you’re writing muse needs to be recharged?
I have several, but a fair number of reggae tunes, Leonard Cohen (great poetry there, and melodies)… Emmy Lou Harris, and recently The National’s “Bloodbuzz”.

12. What do you do when writer’s block strikes?
I used to get what some call writer’s block, but not anymore. I learned you can’t express everything that happens in just one way, which I believe is why so many creative people work in more than one medium or genre. For example artists write, writers draw, actors paint and a lot are amateur musicians, take photographs, or publish zines. When I’m having a hard time writing, it’s usually because there’s so many other things placing demands on my time, that getting into the groove isn’t in the cards. Perhaps that’s why poetry is a preferred medium. I can get down a thought, or an image, and come back to it, but I may not have to spend hours or days obsessing the way I would writing a short story or novel. I’ve done that… obsessed over a poem, a story, but I don’t have time in big blocks to do that anymore.  We’re just vehicles bringing things to market, so to speak, those things being our works. I would love to paint more, write more….but there are priorities. I don’t always know what they’re going to be, but at this point I do know my day job is there no matter, which takes care of my family, and so is Ragazine.

13. What’s the best compliment your writing has ever earned?
I have a poem titled “What Needed to be Done,” which I wrote about ten years after my father died. It took that long for me to begin to understand what his life and death meant to me…. A friend who is a professor, poet and translator said it’s the best poem on the subject he’d ever read. (He translated it into Hungarian.) If I have one poem that people read in years to come, I expect it to be that one… and maybe this one, which is short and sweet and tells it like it is:


of the earth

who salted the ground

so nothing will grow?

stripped of family,

stripped of friends.

it’s a lousy way

to end a day.

not the dog

you wanted to find

but the one that came

when you called.


14. If you’re stranded on a desert island with a solar-powered battery charger, what would  you be reading on your Kindle?
The classics I never got a chance to read when I was still working my way through “The Great Books” collection in high school, a gargantuan effort that for the most part ended with graduation.

15. If you could have dinner with three other writers, who would they be?
Shakespeare, for erudition; Anais Nin for sensuality; Charles Beaudelaire for melancholia, but not all at the same table … Your question begs another, what three or ten writers/artists would I want to speed-meet – ten minutes each and move on…

16. What’s your blog and/or website address?

17. Cats or dogs?
Dogs. I don’t do cat boxes.

18. Cake or death?
Let them eat cake.

19. What fictional character do you identify with most?
Hank Morgan.

20. What’s the closing line of your latest book?
Last line of the last poem, not the epilogue, is “help is on the way.”

mondaycoffeeRachel Toor has written a wonderful post for The Chronicle for Higher Education. Its intended audience is academia. It’s imperative that EVERY writer serious about the craft read it. I found myself nodding and nodding and then thinking, how did Rachel know this is my writing manifesto?

Do yourself a favor, fellow writers, and read Toor’s “The Habits of Highly Productive Writers” HERE. She takes no prisoners!

BOOK BLOG TOUR: Giveaway ends Dec. 6

We’re in the FINAL week now of my three week blog book tour celebrating the release of my seventh book, In the Shadows of the Onion Domes, Collected Short Stories.

As part of the celebration I’ve created the giveaway below. DRAWING WILL BE HELD DEC. 6.


Drawing by the author of the Chenango River in Binghamton, a backdrop to a couple of the stories in the book. See how you can win this colored pencil drawing below,

Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway contest to win an autographed copy of In the Shadows of the Onion Domes, copies of my ebooks or a piece of original art created by the author.

In the Shadows of the Onion Domes Rafflecopter giveaway


blogtouriconToday I’m the guest of fellow indie author Kate Wyland. She writes romantic suspense novels, children’s books and her latest work is Forewarning (A Horses and Healing Mystery Book 1).

Kate answers twenty questions on my blog today. Read the interview HERE.

See my post on her blog HERE.

Q&A with Author Kate Wyland

About the Author Kate Wyland is a life-long horse nut who started riding at three years old and can’t imagine life without them. She’s taken part in a great variety of equestrian activities but her greatest loves are dressage and trail riding in the mountains. A few years ago, she exchanged her tech writing “bug” hat for a fiction writing Stetson. Suspense, romance, horses and sometimes the paranormal are the themes she likes to explore in her books. And she delights in sharing her love of animals and country living.

Author Kate Wyland

1) What’s your name?
Kate Wyland

2) How long have you been writing?
Most of my life. I always loved reading and making up stories in my head. Majored in history and English, so did lots of expository writing there. Later I worked as a technical writer and also did magazine and newspaper articles. Played with fiction off and on over the years, but didn’t get serious about it until about 10 years ago.

3) What genre do you write in?
I enjoy romantic suspense and most of my stories have a horsey setting. I also feature psychic abilities in some of them.

Forewarning Cover 24) What’s the name of your latest work?
My latest published book is FOREWARNING. I’m currently working on a sequel, FOREARMED, and hope to have it out by Christmas.

5) Why would this story interest a reader?
In FOREWARNING, the protagonist, Kasey Martin, is based on real people I know who use psychic energy to help heal both people and horses. Grieving and guilt-stricken after her husband’s suicide, Kasey closes her energetic healing practice and retreats to her Oregon horse ranch. One night, she rescues a badly injured man, and against her better judgment, uses her neglected skills to save his life. Complicating her life is Jim Bradley, an old friend who has long been in love with her and wants her to return to her work. When criminals come looking for her patient, she must use her skills to save all three of their lives.

6) Where is the book available?

7) Who’s your favorite character in the book and why?
It’s hard to pick one. I guess it would be Jim, her old friend, who stands up for her and pushes her to resume living again. Even though it might cost him what he wants, he urges her to get involved.

8) What’s your website address?

9) Name three authors who have inspired your work.
Nora Roberts, Jayne Anne Krentz and Elizabeth Lowell

10) What do you do to get through writer’s block?
I’m not always terribly successful at breaking through, but one thing that seems to help is to re-read favorite authors to get inspired again.

Kate Wyland is a life-long horse nut who started riding at three years old and can’t imagine life without them. She’s taken part in a great variety of equestrian activities but her greatest loves are dressage and trail riding in the mountains. A few years ago, she exchanged her tech writing “bug” hat for a fiction writing Stetson. Suspense, romance, horses and sometimes the paranormal are the themes she likes to explore in her books. And she delights in sharing her love of animals and country living.







hWon’t give away the answer, but it’s linked to the complexity of fictional characters.

You can find today’s interesting read HERE.

SHARE: Weird news inspires storytelling

I was led to this wonderful post through a link on the Twitterverse. Guy Bergstrom writes how authors can learn techniques of great storytelling by reading weird news accounts.

Bergstrom says:

marlboro-lightsThe same thing is true for trailer park ninjas robbing 7-Elevens in Florida, because smart, normal people think the only time they could imagine dressing up like a ninja is if they were an actual trained ninja, you know, in Japan, knocking off something worthy of their skill and trouble. Say, stealing $30 million in diamonds from a jewelry store in downtown Tokyo, then retiring from a life of crime.

Nobody with working brain cells thinks sure, let’s dress all in black, grab a cheap sword-like object and risk insane amounts of prison time for $186 in the till and a carton of Marlboro Lights.

He makes the point that “Great storytelling comes from the gap between expectation and result.”

Read the entire post HERE.