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!

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.


GOODREADS:

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


RAFFLECOPTER:

  • 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.

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.

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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,

GIVEAWAY
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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BOOK BLOG TOUR: Giveaways

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.

chenangoriver

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,

GIVEAWAY
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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oniondomes_cover_300x456Today is the start of my three week blog book tour celebrating the release of my seventh book, In the Shadows of the Onion Domes, Collected Short Stories.

During this time I will be visiting several blogs of fellow authors around the world, and in return, they will be visiting this blog and discussing their works.

Stay tuned, because there will be some exciting news along the way. First up is the start of my giveaway below!

chenangoriver

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,

GIVEAWAY
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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Book Launch Celebration Week

To celebrate the official launch this Saturday of my new book, In the Shadows of the Onion Domes, today kicks off a month of special giveaways, book blog tours and other news to come.

Today we begin with a Goodreads Giveaway of a signed paperback copy of the book. Here is the information:

 

Goodreads Book Giveaway

In the Shadows of the Onion Domes by Mary Pat Hyland

In the Shadows of the Onion Domes

by Mary Pat Hyland

Giveaway ends December 06, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Get your summer read on!

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Welcome readers! From June 13-16, I am joining Indie Writers from around the world in a fun summer reading event. Hop from my blog through theirs to meet writers in every genre and enter contests for some great, creative giveaways.

summerbloghop2014HOW IT WORKS

Start at the official Summer Splash Blog Hop page HERE and follow the directions. You’ll be hopping to facebook and Twitter as well as visiting the blogs of 47 indie authors where you can take a chance to win all sorts of cool prizes, from books to clothing, jewelry, gift cards and even giant fortune cookies! When you complete  hopping to all of the blogs, you will be eligible to win some great prizes such as a Kindle paperwhite, $50 Amazon.com Gift Card, 40 ebooks or 15 autographed paperbacks. ALSO, several authors will be having a 99 cents sale of their ebooks! You’ll be all set for great reading this summer!

MY PRIZES

Use the Rafflecopter entry form below and follow the directions to be entered into a giveaway of ebook copies of each of my novels, plus a Grand Prize of a handwritten cookbook with recipes from The House With the Wraparound Porch (and an ebook copy of that) as well as the entire, three-book Maeve Kenny series in ebook format.
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NEW RELEASE: Lia Fairchild

eBOOK TITLE: Circle in the Sand 

PRICE: $3.99

GENRE: Contemporary Fiction

circleinthesandSYNOPSIS:

Four life-long friends bound by two decades of laughter, love, promises, and secrets. Once inseparable, the four grow into independent adults pursuing very different paths.

Sage, raised by career-driven parents, follows a carefully laid out future of success that leaves her wondering what she’s missed out on.

Emily, the college drop-out, now has three children that have become her whole life. She’s slowly lost herself, subconsciously seeking dangerous ways to cope. Can she find herself in time?

Jax always lived on the edge, skating through life with no apparent ambition, yet remained the energy and emotional cement of the group. She longs for her friends to accept her without trying to fix her.

Ned, Emily’s twin brother, yearns to stand up and be counted. But his old loyalties and new feelings for one of the girls has him pulled in different directions.

Will the ties that held them together as kids be strong enough for them as adults? These four friends will discover the true meaning of friendship and unveil truths about themselves they never knew existed.

GOODREADS LINK: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19549699-circle-in-the-sand

AUTHOR BIO

liafairchildLia Fairchild is both a traditionally published and independent author who writes contemporary fiction, chick lit, romance, and mystery/thriller. Fairchild was born and raised in Southern California and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a multiple-subject teaching credential. She is a wife and mother of two teenagers.

Look for updates on her and her books at the links below.

AUTHOR LINKS

Website:  http://www.liafairchild.com/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/lia.fairchild.author

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/LiaFairchild

Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4671039.Lia_Fairchild

PURCHASE LINKS

Amazon

GIVEAWAY

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The Elevator Pitch: Monte Dutton

Imagine an author is in an elevator with a potential reader. The author has just the duration of their ride together to convince the potential customer to buy his/her latest work.

montedutton1)  What’s your name?

Monte Dutton

2) How long have you been writing?

Writing? Since shortly after I could read. To make a living? Oh, about 28 of the past 33 years. Books? The first one was in 1986, and it was a history of high school football in my hometown. I wrote several books about NASCAR during the 20 years it was my sportswriting beat. I wrote one book about music, which led to the first novel, The Audacity of Dope. The Intangibles is my second, and I’m well into Crazy by Natural Causes, which I hope will be the third.

3) What genre do you write in?

At the moment, I have no plans to write anything other than fiction, though the form may vary. I’m probably not adept or objective enough to define it. I don’t even think that much about it. I suppose The Audacity of Dope was suspense, political, humor …? The Intangibles is historical, sports, sociological …? The third one? Maybe I’ll have a stronger opinion when I complete the next draft. It’s a bit more … farcical, maybe. It’s kind of a commentary on the absurdity of our time, but, again, those who read my novels may have a more objective view of them than I.

intangible4) What’s the name of your latest work?

The Intangibles.

5) Why would this story interest a reader?

It’s set in a time, the 1960s, that continue to affect us to this day. I decided to write it because there’s this awful presumption that the hardships of today are somehow unprecedented, and modern readers could use a healthy dose of perspective on the trials and culture shock of civil rights, desegregation, Vietnam and political violence.

6) Where is the book available?

Amazon.com, neverlandpublishing.com, my web site (montedutton.com) and a gradually widening collection of independent book stores.

7) Who’s your favorite character in the book and why?

I suppose it has to be Frankie Hoskins, because his character has some personal resonance. Two coaches, Reese Knighton and Willie Spurgeon, are quite admirable, but I think Frankie is more nuanced and interesting.

8) What’s your website address?

Montedutton.com.

9) Name three authors who have inspired your work.

If I have an idol, it’s John Steinbeck. I’m quite the admirer of Larry McMurtry and Elmore Leonard, whose recent passing left me wondering where I’m going to get my crime novels.

10) What do you do to get through writer’s block?

I don’t think I’ve ever had it. It’s sort of a patient process. I write, and then I think about it for as long as it takes until I’m ready to write some more. Being a sportswriter for so long taught me some discipline and a dedication to doing today’s work today. I try not to let anything pile up on me and write while it’s fresh. Playing catch-up means losing a certain edge.

montebannerRead about The Intangibles & Enter the Giveaway!

It’s 1968. The winds of change are descending on Fairmont and engulfing the small South Carolina town in a tornadic frenzy. The public schools are finally being completely integrated. Mossy Springs High School is closing and its black students are now attending formerly all-white Fairmont High; the town is rife with racial tension. Several black youths have been arrested for tossing firebombs at a handful of stores. White citizens form a private academy for the purpose of keeping their kids out of the integrated school system. The Ku Klux Klan is growing.

Reese Knighton arrives on the scene at precisely the right time. The principal of Fairmont High School, Claude Lowell, becomes superintendent of the school district. Lowell chooses Preston Shipley, currently the football coach, to replace him as principal and hires Knighton to coach the team, thus forcing Knighton to find common ground with Willie Spurgeon, the successful Mossy Springs coach who has been passed over for a job he richly deserves.

At The Intangibles’ center is the Hoskins family, their relationships to those living within the town of Fairmont giving rise to a memorable cast of characters. Tommy Hoskins is a local businessman and farmer who is a supporter of the team, on which his older son, Frankie, plays. Frankie’s best friend is Raymond Simpson, who lives in a shanty on the Hoskins’ farm. Another of Frankie’s friends, Ned Whitesides, is a spoiled bigot. Clarence “Click” Clowney is the talented, rebellious quarterback from Mossy Springs. Al Martin is the staunch black tackle who becomes the glue that keeps the integrated team together. Twins James and Joey Leverette are the sons of professors at local Oconee College. Curly Mayhew coaches rival Lexington Central. Laura Hedison is a white cheerleader. Jorge Heredia is a tennis player at the college who sells drugs on the side. Aubrey Roper is a college girl who exerts a corruptive influence on Frankie Hoskins. The county sheriff, a turncoat within the team, Ned Whitesides’ father, the loyal assistants, militants both black and white, a doctor, a lawyer, local businessmen, and others all add fuel to the fires of prejudice and fear of the unknown that are raging in the town of Fairmont.

This is a story of a high school football team that puts aside its differences, never realizing that, outside its bounds, the world is unraveling. It’s a story about the cultural changes, good and bad, that take place when two societies shift and finally come together.

Ultimately, The Intangibles is a story of triumph achieved at considerable cost.

 

PURCHASE:

Paperback on Amazon

Paperback on B&N

 

Visit the author’s site: http://www.montedutton.com/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Monte-Dutton/140604472972

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/MonteDutton

 

READ AN EXCERPT

Mossy Springs High School was on the west edge of town, bordered on one side by a few acres of forest and a small stream. On the other side, across the street, was a bowling alley and roller rink.

“That place give you any problems?” Knighton asked.

“Oh, it has its pluses and its minuses,” Spurgeon replied. “When we notice somebody laying out of class, we got a pretty good idea where we can round him up. You find a few bad influences hanging around the place, ‘specially at night. I reckon the woods out back is just as bad. At lunchtime, students sneak out there to smoke. They’s a creek in there. One time I found a six-pack of beer tied around a root in the bank, just laying in the creek getting’ cold. I told the principal about it – I believe it was Mr. Tom Lindsay back then – and he went down there and hid till somebody come and got it. Damned if it wasn’t two of my ballplayers.”

Knighton smiled. “There’s some things you wish you didn’t know, huh?”

“Mr. Lindsay suspended them boys for two games. Me, I’d whole lot rather take the punishment out of ‘em in laps and wind sprints.”

They left the school through a back gate at the end of the woods. The football field was to the left, old and rusted. Some of the planks were warped on the visitors’ side.

Spurgeon drove Knighton’s truck through a neighborhood of old wooden houses and cinder-block apartments. Tiny black kids on hand-me-down tricycles recognized Spurgeon and waved at him. Adults craned their necks and squinted their eyes, trying to see who the white man on the passenger side of the unfamiliar vehicle was. Willie Spurgeon was not the kind of man to own a pickup and looked out of place driving one, especially with that Sunday-go-to-meeting suit on. On a concrete basketball court, a gang of teenagers was playing in street clothes. The pickup pulled off the edge of the road.

“That’s Clarence Clowney,” said Spurgeon, pointing to a tall, light-skinned kid. “He could be the best we ever had.”

“They call him Click, don’t they?”

“Why, yes. How’d you know that?”

“I watched the team play one night.” Knighton paused, letting the sentence soak in. “Mr. Lowell had just called me about the job, so I drove up here one night and sat in my truck on that bank behind the end zone. You were playing Sturkey. I wanted to find out as much about the situation as I could. I wasn’t busy. You know, our team at Central didn’t make the white playoffs this year.”

 

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