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Now through Dec. 2, I will be publishing special book shopping offers for your holiday gift list. Drop in each day for the latest. On Small Business Saturday, we start off with some deep discounts:

KINDLE COUNTDOWN SALE

Nov. 26 – Dec. 2, the Kindle version of The Curse of the Strawberry Moon is drastically reduced.

Buy it at Amazon.com for just 99 cents HERE.

Buy it at AmazonUK for just £0.99 HERE.

PAPERBACK BOOK SALE

Get the paperback version of The Curse of the Strawberry Moon for 50% off the list price of $19.99 by using the coupon code RUH4EJ4U during checkout at my online store HERE.

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.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS
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 Amazon.com.

BUY YOUR COUNTDOWN COPY HERE.

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!

The Curse of the Strawberry Moon is now available at Amazon and CreateSpace.

Here’s a description of the novel, the first in the Caviston Sisters Mystery series:

thecurseofthestrawberrymoon_cover_150x228A full red moon rises over a wedding at a Finger Lakes winery as fireworks explode unexpectedly above the celebration. Was it a timing accident, or were they set off early on purpose to cover up the murder of ’80s rock star Jeremiah Redfern nearby?

Across Keuka Lake, the Caviston sisters watch the show from their deck on a warm June evening, unaware of how their lives will soon become entwined in the unfolding mystery. Curiosity about a Seneca Indian curse draws them deep into the investigation before they realize their own lives may be endangered as they help Detective Tyrone Kane decipher motives tangled tighter than a grapevine.

The Curse of the Strawberry Moon‘s riveting plot delves intimately into the Finger Lakes wine industry with a touch of rock-and-roll attitude.

Here are some details about the paperback version:

ISBN/EAN13: 1530532639 / 9781530532636

Page Count: 396

Size: 6″ x 9″

Language: English

Genre: Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Cozy

List price: $19.99

Holiday surprise

wrapkindle300x480I’ve taken $7 off the list price of the paperback version of The House With the Wraparound Porch, just in time for holiday shopping.

Previously priced at $24.99—now available for just $17.99. SALE ENDS AT MIDNIGHT DEC. 2.

What Amazon readers are saying about my sixth and most popular novel (4.7/5 stars):

  • “This book captured my heart from the very first chapter! Not only does it convey the spirit and beauty of New York’s Keuka Lake, it filled me with genuine caring for its characters.”
  • “This was one of the best novels I’ve read in a very long time! One of those books that I had to read in one sitting and it was well worth staying up most of the night for.”
  • ” The heart of this story is family and the complex relationships within it. By using smooth prose, each character comes alive and the reader becomes engrossed in their quest for their own identity. I found this to be a heartwarming story and well worth reading.”

Twenty Questions with Mike Foldes

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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
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mikefoldeshttps://www.facebook.com/pages/ragazinecc/137211312132?ref=hl

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?
http://ragazine.cc
@Ragazinecc
https://www.facebook.com/mikefoldes
https://www.facebook.com/pages/ragazinecc/137211312132?ref=hl

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.”

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

You can find today’s interesting read HERE.

Guest Post: Author Mark Smith

If you could change your world…

tgslg-cover-blue-previewIf you could change your world, would you be willing to try?

That’s the choice facing Robert Castle in my novel: The Great Scottish Land Grab.

Robert and his wife, Helen, are exploring the Scottish highlands when a shotgun wielding man forces them to turn back.

Unable to accept what happened, Robert investigates only to find that most of Scotland was stolen from its people over centuries of land grabs.

Set against the backdrop of the referendum on Scottish independence, when the leadership of the independence movement are decimated, Robert steps into the vacuum to offer a different vision for Scotland, a future where the poor are empowered to change their destiny.

But unknown to him, there are those who are determined that he will not win and who will go to any lengths to protect the status quo.

I wrote the first draft of Land Grab back in 2011. My first and only attempt at NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month. If you’ve always wanted to write a novel but been unsure how to start, NaNoWriMo is a great way to start. The challenge is simple, join thousands of others to write a fifty thousand word novel during November.

By the time I completed NaNoWriMo, I knew I had something I wanted to keep working on, characters that were as real to me as close friends and a story that stayed with me. Yet I struggled to know how to develop that fledgling story. Until the Spring of 2014 when referendum fever reached a pitch and I realised that with some tweaking, I had a story that was relevant.

In Evan Almighty, Evan Baxter wants to change the world so God decides to take him at his word. Changing our world always comes at a cost as I’ve found for many years as I’ve set goal after goal.

Yet, despite the cost, I’ve found goals to be one of the most powerful ways to change my own world. Back in 2007 I set myself three goals to achieve in the four years before I reached Forty:

  • Complete a degree qualification
  • Be earning £40,000 a year
  • Complete a novel

At that point I already had a college certificate, one which enabled me to skip the first year of a degree. My salary was £20,000 and my largest piece of writing was less than 10,000 words long.

Each goal on its own seemed big enough to tackle but I’m a stubborn sort and prone to grand gestures. Why shouldn’t I aim to achieve all three goals before I reached Forty?

As it turned out, there was a symmetry to these goals. Connections, some of which I was aware of but others that I only realised later.

The obvious connection was that better educated individual are more likely to earn more. However, getting a degree is not likely to enable most people to double their salary in four years.

However, once you’ve set a goal, a strange thing happens. Your world both contracts and expands. Contracts to cause you to focus on the goal, contracts to enable you to see relationships that you may not have previously noticed, contracts to limit the choices you are willing to make – forcing you to decide whether you really want to achieve the goal or not.

Yet your world also expands, enabling you to see possibilities that you may not have considered, take risks that you might not have taken, experience adventure as you step outside of your comfort zone.

I’d already set myself a vague career direction in the world of IT. It turned out that software development was my main area of expertise and the esoteric world of databases and Excel macros were becoming my bread and butter.

I was able to use the UK’s Open University which allowed me to choose courses relevant to my work. These enabled me to impress employers at interviews. Employers always like people who study in their own time! I also found I was able to take what I was learning and use it to improve my skills at work.

But my work also helped my studies as I was able to draw on my experience to better understand the problems my tutors were posing, to refer to projects I had worked on as I strove to understand some of the more complex theories I was exposed to.

And both work and study were helping my writing. Years later I analysed a project I’d completed and found that all the code I’d written, all the technical documentation, all the user guides, all the reports I’d developed could have been combined into an average sized book.

I had been well paid to write and I hadn’t even realised it! I had been developing my drafting and editing skills all along.

During my Fortieth year I reached a point where I could claim that I’d achieved all three goals. This was down to hard work, perseverance and long suffering on the part of my family, but it was also down to setting those three goals in the first place. I’m certain that if I hadn’t written those goals down, I’d have been highly unlikely to have achieved that much.

If you’ve never set a goal, I encourage you to try. Even when I’ve failed to achieve a goal, I’ve always benefitted in some way. Even if just a lesson learnt or good memories from the experience. If you want to change your world, it may only be a goal away.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

MARK ANDERSON SMITH is the author of The Great Scottish Land Grab and Dragon Lake and is currently serializing 100 Crazy Ideas to Fix the Economy through his blog: http://my100goals.blogspot.com. Mark continues to work towards his 100 goals, enjoys climbing and running, strategy games and movies and books from many genres.

The Great Scottish Land Grab is available for Kindles and other eReaders worldwide through Amazon, Apple iBookStore and Lulu.com and will be available in print from Amazon in December 2014.
Kindle version:

The Great Scottish Land Grab The Complete Trilogy: B00NUW1O82

ePub Versions:

The Great Scottish Land Grab (Book 1): 978-099298830-2

The Great Scottish Land Grab (Book 2): 978-099298831-9

The Great Scottish Land Grab (Book 3): 978-099298832-6

Print version (From December 2014):

The Great Scottish Land Grab: 978-099298834-0

For more information, visit the author’s links:
Blog: http://my100goals.blogspot.com
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/my100goals

Published!

wrapkindle300x480It is with great pleasure that I announce the publication of my sixth novel

The House With the Wraparound Porch

Here is the description of the book:

Along an elm-canopied boulevard rising from a quaint Finger Lakes village stands a magnificent Queen Anne-style house. In the summer of 1920, when Mame McGrath and her family move in across the street, she notices a catatonic young man rocking on its wraparound porch. Mame, a newly hired elementary school teacher, proclaims boldly that she can, and will, restore this man’s psyche-devastated by a drowning in Keuka Lake. What she doesn’t anticipate is that he and this house will become the center of her life.

The House With the Wraparound Porch weaves a riveting tale of the four generations to whom this home becomes more than a shelter from life’s storms. It houses their memories of triumphs and failures, of joys and sorrows that ripple across nine decades. Though many will move on, this house will always be a part of them, because it resides always within the deep heart’s core.

BUY IT NOW
Paperback from my Amazon eStore

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Cover of my new novel

I’ve just completed designing the cover for my new novel. Stay tuned for publication information!

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The House With the Wrap-Around PorchThank you readers for your patience as I finish the editing of my new novel, The House With the Wraparound Porch. Publication should be on track for sometime within the next month. Right now I’m doing a final edit before layout begins. Can’t wait to share this Finger Lakes-based family saga with you! Stay tuned….