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Countdown deals, giveaway winners

reviews_tcotsmcoverIt’s almost time to start the Kindle Countdown!

Beginning Saturday, Sept. 17 at 6 a.m. EST, the Kindle version of my new mystery The Curse of the Strawberry Moon will be marked down drastically.

The Kindle version of the book has a list price of $4.99.
On Sept. 17, the price plummets to 99 cents and then gradually rises back to the list price at the end of the week.

Price increases go from 99 cents to $1.99, to $2.99, to $3.99, and then back to $4.99 on Sept. 24.

How long will it stay at the lowest price? It’s a risk waiting buyers must figure out. Remember, the clock will be ticking. The longer you wait, the less you save.

DID YOU KNOW: With the free downloadable Kindle app, you can read the book not only on Kindle but iPhone, Blackberry, Android as well as Windows and Mac tablets/desktops. The app is available at


Congrats to the GIVEAWAY WINNERS

Three people are the lucky winners of digital and paperback copies of The Curse of the Strawberry Moon. Congrats to Debra K. who won a Kindle copy through my Amazon giveaway, and Arlene D. and Angel L. who won signed paperbacks through the Goodreads giveaway. Stay tuned for more prizes!

Win a copy of my new mystery

There are two concurrent giveaways of The Curse of the Strawberry Moon.

GOODREADS: Enter HERE for a chance to win one of two signed, first-edition copies of the paperback. Deadline: Sept. 14, 2016.

AMAZON: Enter HERE for a chance to win one of three digital copies (for Kindle & iPad/iPhone etc.). Deadline: Sept. 9, 2016.

These contests are open to U.S. readers.

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.

eBooks giveaway

wrapkindle300x480I’m participating in a Rafflecopter giveaway of ebooks. The contest is sponsored by a great UK-based facebook group for readers and authors called 2 Friends, Read Along with Us. I love their concept: two women who love reading are helping to get the word out about indie authors. Thanks so much, Philomena and Sue.

Enter the giveaway HERE to win by Sept. 7.

wrapkindle300x480Readers in the U.S. & Canada: You could win a signed copy of my new novel, The House With the Wraparound Porch though my Goodreads giveaway.

Enter the contest HERE.

DEADLINE: August 31, 2013.

Contest: Speculative Fiction

ragaThe folks over at Ragazine are holding a contest for speculative fiction written by a person of color. Here are the details from the contest page:


Entries must be 6,000 words or less, in the genre of science fiction, fantasy or horror.

Send stories in body copy of e-mail to: no later than 11:59 p.m. September 20th.

Subject line should read: Contest: Speculative Fiction by People of Color

Include Name, Mailing Address, telephone number and e-mail address at top of entry. Your information will be stripped out, a number will be assigned to the story and it will be forwarded to the fiction editor for consideration.

No formal introductory letter, bio or publishing history, pleaseWe are interested in reading your story. Biographical information will be requested from the winners.

NO SNAIL MAIL ENTRIES. They will be discarded.

NO ATTACHMENTS. E-mails with attachments will be deleted.

NO SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: Previously unpublished only.

Submission deadline may be extended at discretion of Ragazine.CC.

ENTRY FEE: $15.00 per story

Payment by PayPal ONLY. (Follow link above to the contest page to pay.)

Submissions will not be accepted until Entry Fee is received by Ragazine. Ragazine.CC reserves first right to publication, and the right to cite  and excerpt the winning pieces in various promotions thereafter. All other rights revert to the author after initial publication.

Once you have paid your entry fee and received confirmation of receipt, e-mail your entry (entries) to

PRIZES: First prize $1,000.00 for the best piece
of speculative fiction completed by a person of color in 2013. Final judge Sheree Renée Thomas will provide a critique of the 2nd and 3rd place entries.  Honorable mentions will be made to the 4th and 5th place entries.

Coming soon: Summer Splash Blog Hop

From July 23-31, Indie Writers around the world will be participating in a Summer Splash Blog Hop. When the event starts, follow the link I’ll put on this site to explore works by these writers and enter giveaway contests at each of their blogs. Plus, at the main site you can enter to win several prizes including Kindle Fires!
When the contest goes live on my blog, enter to win several prizes, including a complete digital set of my Maeve Kenny series (three books!), plus swag such as a wine picnic tote from Loughmare Winery (featured in the series), a shot glass with the “3/17” logo and a coffee mug for damn fine coffee from “The Terminal Diner.”  STAY TUNED!!


Times Square bound?

My author page is in a competition on the web site right now. If you could spare a quick vote for me HERE I’d really appreciate it. The grand prize is a billboard in Times Square. Cool, huh?

Contest Answers: Why men like pie

Congratulations to the following readers who have each won a Kindle version of The Terminal Diner for answering the question: Why do men like pie?

Heather Cashman: Because pies are like women. Some have more coverings, some are plump and juicy, and others are tarts.

David Clutz: Contrasts of taste and texture – crunchy crust and tasty fruit – sweet strawberries and tart rhubarb – perfect with a cup of dark rich coffee.

Tracy Lawrence: Men like pie because of its simple complexity. It offers sweet and salty, liquid and solid, crunchy and chewy all in the same mouthful. (At the same time, there are no surprises. A blueberry pie is not going to have broccoli snuck in, ever. An apple pie can vary wildly in it’s sweetness and cinnamon amounts, but at the end of the day it will always be apple pie.)

Anne Collie: Simple…they don’t have to bake ’em, just eat ’em!!!

Last chance for free pie

Mmm...Men like pie...

Would you like a free Kindle version of The Terminal Diner? Send me your reason, in 25 words or less, why men like pie. The top five answers will win Kindle copies of my latest novel!

Email your answer HERE by 11:59 EDT tonight!