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.

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.”

What will you read tomorrow?

me_readingTomorrow, Jan. 24, 2015, is National Readathon Day. The effort, spearheaded by Penguin Random House, is targeting the 40% of Americans who are barely literate.

All they ask is that you pick up a book to read, between noon and 4 p.m. your time. Read at home, the library or a bookstore.

When you’re done reading, you are invited to share your experience across social media through photos and posts. Be sure to include the hashtag #timetoread.

Need an idea for a book to read? May I suggest any of THESE?

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.”

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

COVER REVEAL: Mary Pat Hyland

oniondomes_cover_300x456Title: In the Shadows of the Onion Domes

Genre: Short stories, literary fiction

Theme: This is a collection of short stories prompted by observations of characters, overheard conversations, gossip, and community lore from the Triples Cities in New York’s Southern Tier. The area was a beacon for blue collar immigrants in the 20th century, and their ethnicity adds the spice to these melting pot tales.

Publication Date: Fall 2014


CYBER MONDAY SHOPPING? Here are some links where you can get my books on sale. All prices have been reduced until Dec. 25.:

MY BOOKSTORE AT AMAZON: Paperbacks only:

AMAZON: for paperbacks & ebooks:

SMASHWORDS (ebookformats for ALL readers):

KOBO reader digital format:

SONY ereader:

APPLE (for some reason they don’t have The House With the Wraparound Porch yet. If you need that version, get it at Smashwords):

BARNES & NOBLE has NOT lowered prices yet. Not sure when they will. If you need a Nook format, but it at Smashwords.

All my works are on sale!



The entire Mary Pat Hyland Collection will be on sale November 25-December 25, 2013.

Here are the details of the sale. All prices are in U.S. dollars; books will be on sale worldwide.

(P stands for paperback prices; E stands for Ebook.)

The House With the Wraparound Porch: P $19.99 (was $24.99); E $3.99 (was $5.99)
The Terminal Diner: P $9.99 (was $11.95); E $2.99 (was $3.99)
3/17: P $11.99 (was $17); E $2.99 (was $3.99)

The Maeve Kenny Series:
The Cyber Miracles: P $13.99 (was $17); E $2.99 (was $3.99)
A Sudden Gift of Fate: P $14.99 (was $17); E $2.99 (was $3.99)
A Wisdom of Owls: P $12.99 (was $17); E $2.99 (was $3.99)

NOTE: ( & ( prices should be in place the fastest. Vendors such as Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Sony, etc., may take a little time to change their prices. However, if you’re looking for a digital version, they can all be purchased at Smashwords.

Kindle MatchBook explained

speaclaiKindle Digital Publishing announced a plan earlier this week called MatchBook that will allow purchasers of paperbacks/hard cover books to buy the digital version at a reduced rate. Authors must opt in to this program.

For a great explanation of how it works, see Cheryl Kaye Tardif’s post at the Indie Chicks Café.