We’re in the second 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 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.

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blogtouriconToday I’m the guest of fellow author and editor Susan Helene Gottfried. Multi-talented Gottfried is an author, professional book reviewer, freelance editor, and Rock Fiction expert.

See my interview on her blog West of Mars HERE.

Twenty Questions with Marci Diehl

marcidiehlToday I’m on Marci Diehl’s blog as part of my book tour. I’m very happy to welcome her back to mine for a round of twenty questions.

1. Name:
Marci Diehl

2. How long have you been an indie writer?
I’ve written freelance for magazines for 30+ years now, so in a sense, I’ve been an “indie” writer working on assignment. Being published by an independent small publisher feels normal to me. This is my debut novel, and it’s just launched through Merge Publishing.

3. What formats do you publish in?
E-reader format and softcover. It’s available on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iTunes and Ingram Spark. The book is also available through

WYDKNcover4. What genres do you write in?
What You Don’t Know Now is a coming-of-age novel. This is women’s fiction (a commercial novel with a female on the brink of life change and personal growth, and includes a hopeful/upbeat ending to her romantic relationship). It also crosses into a new genre – New Adult (a genre of fiction with protagonists in the 18-25 age bracket, with a focus on issues such as leaving home, developing sexuality, and negotiating education and career choices).

There is a thread of my main character, Bridey, forming her own ideas about miracles, and what constitutes a blessing or a sin, but her choices may not fit the Christian genre. I’m not sure it reaches into historical fiction, but it is set nearly 50 years ago.

5. Are you on Twitter or facebook?
Am I ever! I’ve been on both for nearly 6 years. On Twitter I’m @writerdiehl. Or you can keep me company on Facebook on my page, MarciDiehlBooks. I also have a Pinterest page for What You Don’t Know Now, with fashions, music, culture, and European locations circa 1967 (which is when the novel takes place). Look for me on Pinterest as Marci Diehl.

6. How do you want your readers to feel after they’ve read your book?
I hope something in the book touches them. I would love it if a reader closed the book and said to herself, “I loved that.” I’d like them to feel they’ve lived in another time for a while, gone places they’ve never been – or if they have been, to remember their experience, feel whatever emotions that place brought.
This is a love story of many kinds, and it’s a mother-daughter story. I wonder what my readers will feel, thinking about their own relationships with their moms.
If they fall in love with Alessandro or Riordan, that’s good, too. I’d like readers to feel “Wow, that was pretty hot!” in certain scenes.
I started as an essayist, and I’ve always thought of my writing as if I were shooting an arrow into the sky, and never knowing where it might land. Who will connect with it? In the end, it comes down to one voice speaking to another. You may never know what they feel.

7. What’s your current book?
What You Don’t Know Now – A Novel. Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble Nook Store, and

8. What’s your next book about?
Ah, that’s a good question. I have a start on a new novel, and it involves a middle-aged widow, a group of people who get together before dawn to exercise their dogs, and a younger man the widow gets involved with—at first because of their dogs. The younger man has a back story I haven’t figured out yet, and that’s going to influence this relationship. He hasn’t told me who he is or what happened to him, other than that his young, wild and sexy former wife tried to have him killed by setting their house on fire when she thought he was in it. But I also have two other book ideas that have titles and most of their stories in my head – so stay tuned.

9. What types of jobs have you had other than writing?
My biggest job (and most important) was as a stay-at-home-mom with four sons, formerly married to a PGA Tour player for 28 years. I started writing for magazines during that time on golf, lifestyle, business, and health. My marriage eventually crashed in a blaze of glory, and I took the first job offered: working in the bridal registry/china department of a store. From there I went to work as a recruiter for an employment staffing company, where I ended up creating their advertising. I jumped off a figurative cliff 18 years ago and started my own business, as a writer, editor and producer for media and marketing. I’m also the head writer and associate editor for a regional magazine.

10. What did it feel like when you were first published?
Well, the very first time I was published was in a newspaper’s Sunday magazine. I’ll never forget opening the envelope and having the letter contain a check, and the question: “What else do you have? We love your work.” Having my novel finally come into being feels surreal, to tell you the truth. I’m still getting used to it. Holding the print version in my hands felt so good. It had weight. It was real.

11. What’s your go-to song when your writing muse needs to be recharged?
I don’t have one song, really. I like so many different types of music. Everything from reggae, to bhangra, to bagpipes, to Pavarotti and Grigolo, to Robert Palmer. The list goes on and on and on.

12. What do you do when writer’s block strikes?
Having to write marketing and non-fiction for a living, I can’t afford writer’s block. But to write fiction – I guess I’d have to say, I read great fiction. The better the book, the more inspired I am to write my own fiction.

13. What’s the best compliment your writing ever earned?
When I was in a writers group, bringing in sections of WYDKN, our author/facilitator told me that my “voice” was similar to Alice Hoffman’s, who happens to be one of my favorite authors. I drove home that night just flying with happiness. But when I get a note from one of my boys that something I wrote made them tear up, that’s right up there.

14. If you’re stranded on a desert island with a solar battery recharger, what would you be reading on your Kindle?
Either The Once And Future King by T.H. White (again, for the 1,000th time), something by P.G. Wodehouse, or E. B. White’s letters or essays. Or some novel about World War II. Or Garrison Keillor.

15. If you could have dinner with three other writers, who would they be?
Honestly – I’d choose the writers I know personally. I’d choose Mary Pat Hyland (not browning up here, seriously) and Kathy Johncox, because I know we’d laugh like crazy and we’d share a lot of great advice and experience. And for the third…?  Jenna Blum, because I admire her writing so much, but also because she’d fit in perfectly, just from knowing her through social media.

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

17. Cats or dogs?
I’ve had and loved both, but I’d have to choose dogs.

18. Cake or death? (To soothe the boisterous Eddie Izzard lobbyists…)
Is there no pie? OK, cake. But only because the alternative is so unappealing.

19. What fictional character do you identify with most?
I’d like to say Tinkerbell for her spirit, sass, and adorable little figure, but the truth is more Wendy. I have a history of nurturing Lost Boys.

20. What’s the closing line of your latest book?
For now, just for now, she’d come far enough.




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blogtouriconToday I’m the guest of fellow indie author Deborah Nam-Krane. She writes women’s fiction and romance novels and is author of The New Pioneers series.

See my post on her blog HERE.

SHARE: Your Writer Platform

mondaycoffeeYou’re an indie writer and have published or are preparing to do so. Here’s a big and important question: What’s your writer platform? In other words, what do you want readers to think about when they hear your name?

You’re probably thinking, oh no, in addition to getting this thing done, edited and a cover designed, there’s more to worry about?

This morning I stumbled happily across a wonderful how-to site by Canadian author Kimberley called Your Writer Platform. There are many informative posts that lead you through the steps of branding your writing, building mailing lists and all other forms of marketing. I love how the site is written in a conversational style, too.

I highly recommend you visit Your Writer Platform and soak all of this wonderful information in. (Be sure to sign up for the emails with the latest tips.)

More information:

Your Writer Platform on Facebook

@writerplatform on Twitter

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blogtouriconToday I’m the guest of fellow indie author Donna Fasano. She is a USA Today bestselling author who writes romance novels.

See my post on her blog Awesome Romance Novels HERE.

SHARE: Toni Morrison on Writing

thefareexchangeA nod to Electric Lit for posting this wonderful interview with Nobel and Pulitzer prize-winning author Toni Morrison and Stephen Colbert. How can you not enjoy her honesty, wit and eloquence in this piece.


Photo by Laura J. Bear

By Laura J. Bear

Coming in March 2015 through Unsolicited Press

DESCRIPTION: Former black sheep and reluctant socialite Lucy Litchfield is forced to re-examine her life after learning that her philandering husband has fathered a child with a much-younger woman. Battling a debilitating depression when forced to share the house with her cad of a spouse as they settle the divorce, Lucy’s drastic solution to her problems is thwarted by her youngest daughter. Lucy’s fortunes change when she inherits an old farmhouse in rural Minnesota from an eccentric great-aunt.

In another part of the country, a young girl named Addie survives a childhood of abandonment and sexual abuse to escape to a new life with a Mennonite family. She and Lucy meet when Lucy moves into the house next door to Addie and Carl’s farm. Drawn to one another by shared circumstances and sparks of recognition, their relationship takes a turn that threatens to destroy Addie’s young family and Lucy’s new-found confidence.

This is a story of two strong women who are trying to find their way and the interesting characters that help them along the way.

Laura J. Bear Photo by Kevin Tomasello

Laura J. Bear
Photo by Kevin Tomasello


Laura Bear, a life-long “closet writer,” was inspired to write a novel after several serendipitous experiences involving psychics, kitty cats, and a remote spontaneous writer’s retreat. Although her characters are fiction, Laura draws heavily from her life and dreams, and believes there is a thin veil separating reality from fantasy. She has worked as a nurse, a speech language pathologist, on an organic farm, a photographer and has played the occasional acoustic musical gig with her husband. She lives in a small town
along the Susquehanna River in upstate New York. She is currently working on her second novel, a thriller.

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blogtouriconToday I’m the guest of fellow indie author Lindsay Edmunds. She writes in the genre of science fiction in both novel and single length. Edmunds is visiting my blog today HERE.

See my post on her blog Writer’s Rest HERE.

Guest Post: Author Lindsay Edmunds

Author Lindsay Edmunds

Author Lindsay Edmunds

I published two novels, CEL & ANNA: A 22ND CENTURY LOVE STORY in 2011 and WARNING: SOMETHING ELSE IS HAPPENING in 2013.  I put heart, tears, sweat, and labor into them, but now I wonder who wrote them. Such an odd feeling—not to feel familiar with your own work.
It is not that I am ashamed of the novels. Far from it. They both have wonderful readers. CEL, especially, got great reviews. I had to write them to get to where I am now.  But I could no more write them now than I could flap my arms and fly to the moon.
Early in 2014 I published a “single” with an A side and a B side. Both stories feature characters from the first novel, CEL & ANNA, but I was a different writer when I wrote them.
bloodpsychics_mediumThe A side is a story called “Blood Psychics,” about the troubled relationship between a mother and daughter, both of whom are clairvoyant. The daughter used her gift to better herself. The mother is trapped in a backwater of poverty and promiscuity.
The B side is titled “Joan Holland.” It is about a pregnant, terrified young woman whose husband, a man of relentless goodness, has welcomed enemies of the state into their home.
Blood Psychics is available at Amazon.
The next project is a story cycle. Like the others, it is set late in the 22nd century. There was a second civil war, so the country has a new name: The Reunited States.
Networld e-beasts run the world. To learn how that happened, you need to read the second novel, WARNING: SOMETHING ELSE IS HAPPENING.
The new stories feature a beautiful and remarkable place: Green Town. For the first 236 years of its existence, Green Town was named New Albion. As New Albion, it strongly resembled Chautauqua, New York.
The stories are about the adventures of a sixteen-year-old who grows up in a loving, prosperous home in Green Town. She wants a life outside the town gates. She gets it, big time.
With this project, I invented a new genre: Chautauqua science fiction.
Publication is set for early 2015.



Lindsay Edmunds lives a mostly quiet normal life in southwestern Pennsylvania, although upstate New York has her heart and always will. In the last three years, she has visited Chautauqua, Chicago, Hollywood, Washington, D.C., and Scotland.