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Well, the past days have been very interesting.  First, our refrigerator quit. We had just managed to transfer everything to an old fridge and a freezer we have in our utility room when our microwave quit! Good grief, what a time we've been having.

Yesterday, my younger daughter's husband drove over two and a half hours to our house bringing many of his tools so he could make the refrigerator enclosure a little bit wider so as to fit the new fridge. It was difficult to find a refrigerator small enough to fit the space that was made back in 1976. The noise of the saw and the sander scared the dickens out of our cats.

Then my son in law began removing the old microwave that I had paid to have installed back in 1998.  It had mounting screws hidden all over the place! Took him over two hours to figure out how to do it. He worked five hours straight and finally decided to go home at ten p.m. and finally got there around one a.m.

He and my daughter, who had worked from one p.m. to nine p.m. selling $2000 dollars worth of perfume (she could sell icemakers  to northern Alaskans) slept until one p.m. and went to work on the house next door which they are hoping to sell soon.  But they forgot take their cellphones and my husband's calls and texts to them got no response. 

Worried, my husband called security where they live, and my daughter called us immediately after the security officer left.

Too many interruptions to my husband's work on his book.

Today marks our 821st mensaversary!  We count the months.

I'm adding something new to my Interesting Stuff page.

I'll wrtie again as soon as I can.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all.

Carolee

Hi, and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.  My husband and I have a lot to be thankful for.  Last June, he had a bad reaction to some medicine given to him and came close to dying.  It's taken several months to recover, but he is now much better, although about twenty pounds lighter.

Although he has several books of mine to work on, he has started work on a short book that he believes will bring in some income we can use to help get my books done more quickly.  The title of his short work will be Ageing from Sixty to Ninety: What I Have Learned May Help YOU.  We hope to have it in Kindle and print before Christmas, and we believe it will be a very good seller.

I'll write gain next week.

Good grief, time passes so fast!  I've been writing a new children's book about a Koala and trying to get a fourth novel started.  The book about a Koala is nearly finished but I am still in the thinking stage on the novel.  Maybe I'll need to do what I did before writing my Hellfire novel.  Back then, my husband and I wrote out an outline of some 35 chapters.  Then I started writing, but the characters kind of took over the plot, and the outline was ignored.  For my second novel I had more input and control over the characters. For my third novel, Tomorrow (not yet published), new ideas about my characters just kept coming.  It is a sequel to my first novel, and a bit longer.  I think you'll like it. My husband will get it published as soon as he finishes minor revisions to my second novel, Rough Edges, which will be renamed, and as soon as he gets my first children's book, Calbert and His Adventures, republished as an Amazon Kindle and paperback (the original, published by Aton Press in 1990, is only available in used paperback and hardbound copies from independent booksellers in the U.S. and U. K.

 

Sadly, I have decided to call off my book giveaway contest because of the many legal requirements and difficulties involved. However, I'll give away five paperback copies of my paperback to those in the United States who request them--just be sure to give me your mailing address, please! You can look at HOW TO CONTACT ME to see the two ways to reach me

 

 

Wow! Time just seems to race by. I CANNOT believe it has been so long since I last wrote to you all.  I've been working hard on my third novel, a sequel to my first novel, given five stars by a professional reviewer at Readers' Favorites.  And last week I FINALLY finished it! Been working on it since last year. I hope that my husband can get it ready for publication by the end of November, in time for the holiday season.

Right now he's trying to work on marketing (marketing is everything--even the best-written literature fades like a rose in the desert without marketing). Until recently, the only marketing he has done has been giving away my business card which describes my books on the front, with my picture, and lists some of my five-star reviews on the back. 

A marketing program he began in July has resulted in an uptick in sales, thank goodness. We had hoped that the people who bought my books would leave a review on Amazon, so important to attract potential buyers, but very few have done so.  Those who have left reviews have given me really good ones, but all authors need lots of honest reviews.

Not only is Fred working on marketing, he also is getting a second (slightly revised) edition of my first book, Calbert and His Adventures, published by Aton Press and very well received (sold a lot of copies), ready for print and Kindle publication.  While doing that, he is starting to make some minor editing changes to my second novel, Rough Edges, which will be republished under a different title. It turned out that the words Rough Edges had been used in a number of other titles and we want a title that will stand out from the rest even though our book received five stars from a professional reviewer.

In my next Blog I am announcing the details of a contest for our readers.  The prize will be the winner's choice of any one of my four children's books printed by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform and listed on Amazon. The winner's prize will be signed by me (and dedicated to someone if desired by the winner). The contest will begin on October 1, 2018 and will end on November 15, 2018.

Please tell your friends.

 

Thank you all for checking out my Blog page.  I hope that you will also take a look at the sections titled MY BOOKS and INTERESTING STUFF.

I apologize to faithful readers who have kept looking for quite a long time for my Blog page.  My road to you-know-where is well paved. 

Time just seems to race.  I am up to Chapter 45 in my latest novel, Tomorrow, a sequel to "Hellfire and Snowdrops."  Tomorrow, like Hellfire, has a bit of spice in it. As my husband, Fred, likes to tell people, "Her novels for women are nicely spicy, not ugly spicy." He does the editing and proofing for all of my books, and recently told me that he "cannot wait to read the next chapter to find out what happens."

It just happens that Chapter 45 is a chapter that will have some spice in it as Alexis's sweetheart, Marco, an American undercover agent on a mission in Italy has suddenly appeared in her Rome hotel room after being out of contact for days, on a dangerous assignment.

While I am working on my novel, Fred is preparing the seond edition of my first book, Calbert and His Adventures, which was published in 1990 by Aton Press (now no longer a publishing house; the present Aton Press makes huge mehanical presses!). Fred will have the Calbert book published in paperback form first, and then as a Kindle book.

When he has that done, he will republish my novel, Rough Edges, under a new title. He discovered that there are a number of books already published with similar titles, and we do not want potential readers to be confused while searching for my book.

After getting those projects done, Fred intends to spend some time assiduously marketing my novels and children's books.  He has done little marketing other than handing out thousands of my business cards over the past few years. Because I am competing with literally millions of writers from all over the world whose books are, like mine, listed on Amazon, it is necessary to put some real effort into marketing. Now that I have a total of six books (novels and children's books) available on Amazon, all with five-star reviews, I believe that I can gain some recognition by an all out marketing program.  I hope that you will be looking for word about my books in the coming months.

I intend to write some more this week.

Be thinking about writing a book.

Carolee

Latest comments

02.05 | 20:10

Hi Carolee. My name is Jeff. I am Diana Schultheis husband. She is back in Pittsburgh PA. taking care of her mom. Will contact you on the 13th.

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30.04 | 17:13

Thank you, Diana. Please tell me about your idea.

Hope to see you in a few weeks.

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23.04 | 23:53

I just love your Bio Carolee. I had wanted to one day write myself but days and years go by and the world too fast. I would like to give an idea.

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02.12 | 17:20

Love the blog Grandma. Miss you

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