Saturday, 20 October 2018

MEMORIES OF THE KING OF ROCK 'N ROLL

Having grown up listening to Elvis's amazing vocals, I'm excited to be attending a performance by Steve Michaels this evening (Oct. 20) along with my Genre5 Author group (minus Donna Houghton who is off to Italy, no doubt doing some research for her fantasy romance series. I feel very lucky to have seen one of Elvis's concerts in Buffalo two years before the world lost the King of Rock 'n Roll. Kudos to Steve Michaels for his successful career of keeping Elvis's memory and music alive.

More details will follow after this event.



Our Genre5 Author group (minus one) at dinner waiting for  Steve's performance.






Despite Steve Michaels telling us that his young son had shared his cold with his daddy, being a world-class performer that he is, he wowed the full-house with Elvis's gospel music at Central Church, 7 Queen's Square, Cambridge, Ontario church venue.


Friday, 5 October 2018

WINE & BOOKS....A PERFECT COMBO

My co-author, Gloria Ferris and I were pleased to be invited to do a book sales/signings at the 'Sip & Shop' event hosted by our local winery, Cox Creek Cellars.



SIP & SHOP CRAFT SHOW AND WINE TASTING
SEPT. 30/18 NOON TO 5:00 P.M.

 COX CREEK CELLARS – BIG TENT
1) DONNA WARNER, Fiction Author
2) GLORIA FERRIS, Fiction Author
3/4) BIZZIE BEE MARKET
5) CULT EMBROIDERY
6) NICOLE’S WOODEN JEWELRY
7) THE SCENTED MARKET
8) TANIA STANISCIA HANDMADE
9) U WEAR IT WELL
10) LIP SENSE
11) M & N ART WORX
12) SCENTSY CANADA
13) SWAROVSKI JEWELRY
14) SEW UNIQUE
15) KATHERINE TROYER
16) WAGRAM SPRINGS FARM
17) PEN & TONIC
18) VAL DOYLE DESIGNS
19) LJ TURTLE AROMATHERAPY
20) HARMONY MEADOWS ALPACA

VENDOR OWNED TENTS
A) G-FREE SWEETS B) SHANTIQUES MINI CREATIONS C) JEWELS UNDER THE KILT D) DAD UNCLE PIZZA E) MOSTLY MOSAIC F) OLD CORRAL PLANK FURNITURE

FOOD TRUCKS
*PIT STOP GRILLE
*TINY TREATS


Monday, 24 September 2018

PARTYING AT ONTARIO'S BEAUTIFUL SAUGEEN SHORES


Gloria and I, co-authors of the Blair and Piermont thriller series and sister-in-laws (S-I-L ), hit the road on Sept. 22nd, not for a book event, but to attend festivities at the Port Elgin Legion.  Our niece, Cheryl Cowtan, organized a 50s’ theme party to celebrate her Dad’s 80th birthday. I have known Jerry Cowtan since I was five years old when he rode his Harley and chummed with my older brother, Grant. Jerry amazes me with his level of energy. With interests such as motorcycling, pickle ball, and sailing, Jerry keeps very active and could pass as being in his early sixties. 

Cheryl Cowtan & Dad, Jerry
Jerry's daughter, Cheryl, bringing in the cake

It was so much fun to catch up with friends and family and dance the night away to music we all loved listening to in our formative years. Jerry urged about a dozen of us to participate in dancing The Stroll.  We were shown a U-tube video for a quick refresher before getting up so as to avoid stepping in the wrong direction and falling in a tangle of legs during the dance lineup. My big sis, Dianne Ferris, taught me to jive in my preteen years, and I was thrilled to have a jive with Jerry who is a veteran rock ‘n roll dancer.  Even more thrilled when my knees didn’t scream during the vigorous workout of this fast-paced dance number.  Three quarters through the dance, I whispered to ask Jerry if there might be a paramedic in attendance in case we needed one at the end of the dance. He laughed and kept dancing.


The "birthday boy" Jerry Cowtan & Donna Warner in a jive dance.
The weather was good, and we had a relaxing two hour drive from Guelph to Port with my husband, Ralph chauffeuring us. We stayed in Southhampton and visited the beautiful harbour, the inside market building, and of course, the signage that acknowledges the tribute to my brother and Gloria’s late husband, Grant Ferris, at Fisherman’s Park before leaving for home.   

 
Grant's sister, Donna Warner & wife, Gloria Ferris

 
Gloria Ferris at Southhampton harbour

Our buy Blair & Piermont series book link on Amazon:   http://tinyurl.com/yb7reslb
Cheryl Cowtan, Fantasy Author's web page



Friday, 7 September 2018

WALMART NOW PROVIDING READERS WITH KOBO EBOOKS

I'm thrilled to announce a new eBook buying option, in addition to Amazon, for readers who are interested in purchasing my crime thriller novella series. Walmart has added eBooks to the physical books available in store. Although limited to 40 eBooks in store, KOBO eReaders will be sold that include a catalogue of  millions of eBook titles for readers. A thank you to one of my books' distributors, Draft2Digital, for brokering this arrangement with Walmart and Rakuten Kobo.  To search for eBooks online, go to: www.walmart.com storefront and type in the eBook title and/or author you wish to locate.

Links to purchase "Targeted"  and "Death's Footprint" on Walmart's web site:
 

https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/targeted-19

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

AN AUTHOR'S POST MORTEM EVENT PHOTOS


Gloria Ferris and Donna Warner had a tour of the Kingston Penitentiary. Relieved they let us out in time for the book Expo.


Enjoyed participating on three panels with fellow authors at the May 26-27 Limestone Genre Book Expo in Kingston, Ontario.This author’s take-away messages from lively panel discussions follow:


 1) "Using Travel as a Way to Generate Ideas for Writing": Brandon Crilly (Moderator), Hayden Trenholm, Donna Warner, Lisa de Nikolits, A.A. Jankiewicz


·         Gives writers an additional tool to add to their creative efforts; observation of people, places, and things adds richness and authenticity to our writing;

·         Internet research is wonderful for acquiring information to aid with our writing projects;

·         There’s the added benefit for writers traveling to conduct research for their books—expenses are tax deductible against earnings.

2) "Are There too Many eBooks Available for Free?" Hayden Trenholm (Moderator), Brett Savory, M.H. Callway, Kit Davon, Donna Warner, Merridy Cox

Offering a free eBook for a limited time as a marketing option may increase exposure for a newly published author or possibly help an author sell books in their back list. However, we were cautioned that many readers consider a free eBook as “getting what they paid for” with content (writing and editing) not up to publishable standards.

·         The mass of free eBooks available from the Internet may be educating readers to expect to pay nothing for their reading material.
·         There are now two categories of sales tracked by Amazon:  paid and unpaid sales.
·         Authors must adhere to their country's anti-spam legislation when sending e-mails to prospective readers and to ensure their mailing and newsletter lists provide the option to “unsubscribe”.
·         One publisher commented that they have seen increased digital sales by keeping books by their authors priced competitively and not offering discounts often.
·         Libraries offer both paperback and e-Books to their patrons. Authors should approach local libraries acquisitions managers to request their books be available since libraries are encouraged to support local authors.
·         A number of eBook marketing options were mentioned for authors including getting listed on Canada Reads and submitting work to contests since winning awards is a great way to increase visibility. One of the fastest growing book markets is audio books.

3) "What Makes a Hero or Heroine?" Douglas Smith (Moderator), Kate Heartfield, Tobin Elliott, Therese Greenwood, Nina Munteanu, Donna Warner

(Photo for this panel unavailable at time of posting.)


·         A memorable character with interesting quirks, flaws, skills or handicaps to overcome;

·         Evidence of their value system;

·         The psychology of the character (what makes them tick);

·         A protagonist that is likeable and an antagonist that is feared or disliked;

·         Selfless acts or putting one’s life at stake.

·         Character must captivate a reader’s interest.



 Book Vendors' Displays

When not on panels, my crime thriller novella series co-author, Gloria Ferris and I networked with fiction readers, authors, and publishers on the 6th Floor of the downtown Holiday Inn Harbour Front hotel. Our banner shows our Guelph writers' group name, Genre5.  Looking forward to having Pam Blance, Liz Lindsay, and Donna Houghton join us at our next book event.



The book vendors' (authors and publishers) displays at the Expo.









Friday, 11 May 2018

EVENT FOR BOOK LOVERS, MAY 26-27/18

Visit me at the Limestone Genre Expo in beautiful Kingston, Ontario.  I'll be signing and selling copies of my crime thriller series, "Targeted" (Book #1) and "Death's Footprint"(Book #2) and am looking forward to participation on two author panels.

Full Expo Schedule

Friday, 20 April 2018

WHY READERS GIVE UP ON A BOOK





Richie Billing who I follow on Twitter, conducted research from book bloggers and many Facebook groups to address this question:
"What makes you put down a book and banish it to the pits of hell?" Richie's survey summary provides 35 different reasons people quit reading a book.

One of the major points of frustration voiced in Richie’s research poll is the publication of unedited or poorly edited manuscripts. To address this point, I’ve included an editing checklist I utilize and share at book marketing speaking engagements.


AN AUTHOR’S SELF-EDITING REFERENCE

By Donna J. Warner, Author & Editor
Generally speaking, a writer shouldn’t micro-manage the complete editing process of their manuscripts. As an editor and an author who has been published with a traditional publisher and now has chosen inde-publishing, in addition to self-editing, I enlist assistance from a professional editor and solicit input from beta readers with writing and editing experience. It is extremely difficult to spot our own writing errors.