Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Day-to-Day Planning

Because I write so much about my book promotion I'm always having people make comments about how do I do it all. Book promotion is only part of my life--as I'm sure it is for any other author.

First and foremost comes my family. Because my husband is so good about hauling books for me, going with me to mystery conventions and conferences, driving me here and there, hefting luggage into overhead bins on airplanes--and sometimes even being on a panel. (He was on a panel of spouses of mystery writers at Mayhem one year and may be doing it again this year.)

We try to go out together at least once a week, sometimes to a movie and/or out to eat, and sometimes shopping together.

I have a huge family, five kids (though we lost one of our sons to cancer a few years ago), eighteen grandkids and eleven greats, I do like to spend time with them when possible.

One of my granddaughters who lives next door and during her grammar school and middle school years lived with us during the week because her parents wanted her to go to our great school here in the foothills is getting married next March. I've already got the date on the calendar so nothing else will interfere with it.

We're in the process of remodeling two downstairs bedroom in a bedroom for us (we are in a bedroom upstairs and my husband is having trouble with his knees and we know it's time for us to have a downstairs bedroom) and one of our grandsons and his friends (different ones varying on expertise and who is out of a job) are doing the work. (It's getting close and much easier and turning out better than our experiences with contractors and a kitchen and bath remodel and much cheaper.) Sometimes I have to cook lunch for these young men.

When we start moving all the stuff from upstairs down--I'll have to spend a lot of time working on that.

We have a daughter who lives nearby, hubby is our preacher. We like to take them out to eat once in awhile too.

Because we have two daughter who live in the area we moved from, I try to combine promotion events with visiting with them when possible.

Some of our grandkids are farther away and we're lucky if we see them once a year.

Like everyone else there are housekeeping chores and laundry to do as well as cooking and grocery shopping.

Guess what? I also have to squeeze in time to write. I'm editing one book and writing another.

Today, is a shopping day. I'll squeeze in some editing later.

And yes, I do make lists, couldn't make it without them.

Marilyn a.k.a. F. M. Meredith
http://fictionforyou.com

Monday, March 30, 2009

Blog Tours

I'm just finishing up my latest blog tour for No Sanctuary. This is the third tour I've been on arranged through PumpUpYourPromotions.com.

It's a lot or work, even when I don't have to find the blogs to visit myself. Each of the blog hosts has their own ideas for what you should do for them: might be an interview or a set bunch of questions to answer, an interview of one of your characters, writing tips, or any variety of tasks. Most will want a copy of the book so they can put a review on their site.

Because I've always wanted a book trailer, I've paid extra for that. This time the trailer was superior. It was obvious that Cheryl Maladrinos, my tour guide and the one made the trailer, had read the book. It's terrific and available on U-Tube under No Sanctuary and also on my website: http://fictionforyou.com

Do blog tours help? My number always go down on Amazon when I'm on a tour (that's a good thing) as a book begins with a number in the millions. If it get down to the low hundred thousands you know at least someone is buying your book. We'll see what that really means when I get my royalties.

Will I do another? Most likely. My next Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery, Dispel the Mist, will be out this fall. I try to do as much to promote my books as I can.

My last two stops on this blog tour are today (Monday) http://bookwormsballroom.blogspot.com/ and
http://homesweethomewritingchallenge.wordpress.com/2009/02/23/at-home-with-mystery-author-fm-meredith/

Marilyn a.k.a. F. M. Meredith
http://fictionforyou.com

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Writing Two Series

As most of you know, as F. M. Meredith I write the Rocky Bluff P.D. series. No Sanctuary is the latest. I have another finished that I've already sent off to the publisher. I know it hasn't been looked at yet, and I certainly don't want it to come out until the first of next year. The main reason is because I'm still promoting No Sanctuary.

The second reason is I'll have another Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series coming out in the fall, called Dispel the Mist. Another is finished, I'm editing it right now.

At the same time on on Chapter 9 of another Rocky Bluff.

You might wonder if I ever get confused. Not really, there are big differences between the two series.

The Rocky Bluff P.D. Crime series is written from many points-of-view. Though the last two books have had a lot about Officer Stacey Wilbur and Detective Doug Milligan, other characters play important parts in every book. The stories are a tad edgier than the Tempe books and set in a totally different location, a beach community in Southern California. Deputy Tempe Crabtree is always the main character in the Tempe mysteries and she speaks in close third person, the stories are usually experienced through her point-of-view only--though once in awhile I've had a chapter in another's POV. Though Tempe does venture out past Bear Creek, the Indian reservation, and Tulare county once in awhile, most of the action takes place in the area where she keeps the peace.

When I'm writing new material, I need to do this when there aren't too many distractions (there are always lots of distractions at my house) so I usually confine my writing to mornings. I can edit and do other chores in the afternoon and evening.

Now it's time to get back to my editing.

Marilyn a.k.a. F. M. Meredith
http://fictionforyou.com

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Public Safety Writers Association Conference

The time is drawing near (March 31) for the expiration of the lowest registration fee for the Public Safety Writers Association's conference. The conference is in Las Vegas in June--details here: http://www.publicsafetywriter.com
This is a writing conference geared toward fiction and non-fiction crime and mystery writing and writing for the trades (magazines and on-line). Award winning mystery author Betty Webb is one of the keynote speakers. We also have two forensic experts on board plus many in the law enforcement field.
Two publishers and an editor are also attending.
This is a small conference with lots of opportunities for networking.

I'm the program chair and I guarantee there will be something for everyone interested in any kind of writing and particularly with an interest in any of the public safety fields.

And there is a writing contest.
Marilyn
http://fictionforyou.com

Friday, March 27, 2009

Reviews

http://readingmama.blogspot.com/ has another review for No Sanctuary.

As I've said before, it's always a bit nail-biting time while waiting for reviews.

I'm always glad someone is willing to read the book and write a review--but there's no way of telling whether someone will actually like it. Tastes do differ.

Though the crimes I write about can be pretty horrific--I don't go into detail. My cops are for the most part family men and don't use bad language. Though there are relationships, I don't go into intimate details. I figure most adults can fill in the blanks with their imaginations.

Most of my readership appreciates the lighter touch--and it makes it possible for kids to read the books. They do tend to buy them when I'm doing book fairs and festivals.

Marilyn
aka F.M. Meredith

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Planning for Future Events

Planning for what I'll be doing in the area of promotional events always takes up a great deal of my time. I'm planning into next year.

There's a big complication though--my granddaughter got engaged last week and is planning her wedding for next spring. She doesn't have a date yet which means I better be very, very careful about what things I sign up for. Right now I'll just avoid anything that happens from April through June. Hopefully I'll know the exact date before we start planning for PSWA's conference in 2010 since this year's is in June.

For this April I have two book fests/festivals--a small one in the city of Hanford and the enormous L.A. Book Festival on the UCLA campus. I received an application for Exeter's Fourth of July Celebration in the Park and I'll be signing up for that. I'll also be teaching the Yosemite Romance Writers how to write a mystery.

First Saturday in May I'm talking to the SAn Joaquin Sisters in Crime in Fresno--my chapter. I'll be talking about electronic publishing on the third Saturday to the Writers of Kern. The following week we'll be heading for the airport to go to Omaha and Mayhem in the Midlands.

Oh, I have other dates set up for the coming months, but that's enough to think about right now.

And sprinkled here and there are doctors' appointments, an ex-daughter-in-law's wedding, a community spaghetti dinner, another spaghetti dinner fund raiser for our church's youth group, and of course shopping, running errands and all the mundane activities that keep a household running.

And did I mention, somewhere in there I need to be working on my next book?

Marilyn a.k.a. F. M. Meredith
http://fictionforyou.com

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Scavenger Hunt Contest

Hi, and welcome to BWL_Readers Grand Opening Scavenger Hunt. Your job, should you choose to accept it, is to follow this trail, collect the answers and then email them to me at mizging@gmail.com. Please put Scavenger Hunt in the subject line.

Each answer is clearly displayed in an excerpt, teaser or description on the designated websites listed below. Please DON'T post your answers online. We want everyone to do their own leg work. *smile* You'll have until April 30th at 12:00 noon to submit your entry to me at mizging@gmail.com. From the submissions, the winners will be selected and posted here on the loop. So...without further ado, get on your mark, get ready, Go hunt!

1.Dee Lloyd
http://www.deelloyd.com

In Dee’s book, Ghost of a Chance, read the review and tell me what offended Milly?

2. Rita Hestand

http://ritahestand.com/ExcerptRunaway.html

In Rita's book, Runaway Bride, what did Chad so when Susannah told him she was leaving?

3. Barbara Hodges

http://barbarahodges.gobot.com/

In Barbara’s, Stargazer’s Children, what did Strathus do to Jullianne before he began firing?

4. Lillie Ammann

http://lillieammann.com/blog/

In the excerpt from Lillie's, Stroke of Luck, how old is Debbie Hunt?

5. Ginger Simpson

http://www.gingersimpson.com

In the Sarah’s Journey excerpt, what is the name of Grey Wolf’s horse?

6. Sheri McGathy

http://www.sherimcgathy.com

In Within the Shadow of Stone, what Clan does Bree belong to?

7. Marilyn Meredith

http://fictionforyou.com

Marilyn lists her appearances on her site. Where will she be appearing on April 18th?

8. Jenna Kay Francis

http://www.jennakayfrancis.com

In Jenna's Book Six - For the Love of Dragons - What stopped Pepin from kissing Nila?

9. Vijaya Schartz

http://www.vijayaschartz.com

In the reviews listed for Anaz Voohri, what word did Gina from Love Romances use to describe the story?

10. Maryann Miller

http://www.maryannwrites.com

In the excerpt from Maryann's book, Play it Again, Sam, how is the pain Sam feels described?

11. Juliet Waldron

http://www.julietwaldron.com

Juliet has a new book coming out called, Hand Me Down Bride. In the excerpt on her site, where does it say Sophie came from?

12. Anne Manning

http://www.annemanning.com

In the excerpt of Anne's The Raven's Lady, what are the names of three heroes mentioned?

13. Frances Evlin

http://www.francesevlin.com

In Frances' excerpt for I, Spirit Kin, where is the stone hut located?

14. Elena Bowman

http://elenadb.home.comcast.net/~elenadb/

In Elena's excerpt from House on the Bluff, Abigial Pierce's legacy traces back to what century?

15. Jane Toombs

http://www.janetoombs.com

In Jane's blurb for Rebels Revenge, Barbara and Trevor share a goal. What is it?

16. Libby McKinmer

http://www.libbymckinmer.com

In Libby's description of Fox Hollow, what is the name of her dog?

17. Jude Pittman w/a Jude Atkins

http://www.bookswelove.net/atkins.html

In Jude’s romantic suspense, Anna’s Secret, where did Kelly find a body and whose?

18. Chester Campbell

http://www.chestercampbell.com

In Chet's excerpt of Deadly Illusions, Greg gets drawn into an investigation. What is he investigating?

19. Maggi Andersen

http://www.maggiandersenauthor.com

On Maggi’s website, she lists books on the ‘drawing board.’ What is the name of her Victorian romantic suspense shown there?

Bonus Question & Possible tiebreaker

20. Visit Ginger's Blog at http://mizging.blogspot.com, read today's post and report back with the name of her upcoming release.

I sincerely hope you've had a good time exploring the sites of my wonderful peers here at BWL, and perhaps even found some new fodder to feed your reading addiction. I'm constantly amazed by the generosity of those authors who willingly participate in contests and donate their work as prizes. As an author myself, I know these giveaway copies do not come freely. If you happen to be a winner of one of the many books offered in this contest, I hope you'll take time to drop the author a line and thank him/her for making fun like this possible. If you enjoy the book, be sure and let them know, and tell your friends. There is no better promotion than a satisfied reader. Thanks for playing!

Ginger

On behalf of BWL

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Wrinkles and How They Got There

Hubby just called out a 1-800 number to call to get a free trial package of something that will get rid of wrinkles. I told him, "Thanks, but I earned everyone I've got."

Here's how they came about:

Having a husband who had three tours in VietNam.
Taking care of five kids while husband was gone--and when he came home.
All the problems that come with five kids as they are growing up.
Nursing kids through all their childhood diseases and broken bones.
Working as a telephone operator, pre-school teacher, day care center teacher, having our own residential care business.
Kids falling in love and getting married.
Writing and trying to get published
Planning and paying for weddings
Arrival of grandkids.
Writing and trying to get published.
Parents getting old, coming to live with us, getting ill and dying.
Raising various grandkids at different times for different reasons.
Getting published.
Publisher dying.
Grandkids getting married.
Another publisher dying
Great grandkids arriving.
Family problems.

And that's just an overview.

I earned my wrinkles and I'm keeping them.
Have super publishers now.

Marilyn

Monday, March 23, 2009

Knowing, the movie

We went to see Knowing starring Nicolas Cage last week. Hadn't been to the movies for quite awhile.

If you aren't familiar with the Bible, you'll probably think the movie is science fiction complete with aliens. However, it is far, far more.

The movie is laden with religious clues from the mention of Ezekiel, the book of the Bible that is loaded with prophecy.

I suggest you pay close attention as the movie comes to its climax. I can't say much more without spoiling the story, but what you might think are aliens are revealed to be something far more remarkable.

In any case, we loved the movie.

Marilyn
http://fictionforyou.com

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Winter Came Back

We drove up the mountain to Oakhurst CA enjoying the colors of the wildflowers on the hillsides: orange, yellow, gold, blue, violet, purple and white.

I gave a talk about e-publishing to a small but very congenial group of folks at the delightful Willow Bridge Bookstore. While I was inside, huge, black clouds gathered. At least 4 inches of snow was predicted to fall that evening. We were glad to be headed home.

In the night the sound of lots of rain woke me. The storm reached us in out foothill community.

Fortunately, because I need to rest, I have a couple of weekends before I go out promoting again.

My next gig is with the Yosemite Romance Writers in Fresno on April 18th, and together we're going to plan a mystery.

On the 19th from 11 to 3 I'll be upstairs at the Veteran's Memorial Bldg. in downtown Hanford at a BookFest. My good friend, Sunny Frazier, organized this one, and I'm looking forward to it.

The following weekend, we're headed down to UCLA and the LA Book Festival. More about that one later.

Marilyn
http://fictionforyou.com

Saturday, March 21, 2009

No Sanctuary Review

"F.M. Meredith’s novel reads like a “who done it” Agatha Christie novel with murder, mystery, intrigue and plenty of suspects. The small town of Rocky Bluff has a hard time coming to grips with the murder of the local pastor’s wife. It registers a shock for all townspeople and even more baffling for the Rocky Bluff Police Department who can’t seem to come up with any leads even though there are a lot of suspects. Secondary to the main story is a second crime taking place that the main character Officer Stacy Wilbur must handle delicately for all those involved. As a police officer, she often has to make quick decisions—usually they are the right ones, but sometimes she finds herself in a situation that will take all of her abilities to figure out an escape route.

As Officer Stacy Wilbur does her best to balance life between her son and work she has a hard time dealing with her apparent interest in Detective Doug Milligan, of which she vowed she would not let happen. In the end she makes a decision that is better for the benefit of her son and herself.

Apart from the fact that No Sanctuary involves a murder, a suicide and cheating spouses it deserves a PG 13 rating. It’s refreshing to read a book that can illustrate police work without gruesome violence, annoying car chases and snappy, clich├ęd comments. " Rebecca Camarena, The Real Hollywood.

Loved this one!

Marilyn a.k.a. F. M. Meredith

Friday, March 20, 2009

Read about my writing rituals here http://ping.fm/LjLwn

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Learn Ofc. Stacey Wilbur http://ping.fm/uT7Bz

Afraid by Jack Kilborn (a review)

Oh my goodness! As I read Afraid by Jack Kilborn that phrase kept running through my mind.

This is the first book I’ve read all the way through in one sitting for years. The reason I couldn’t put it down was because one horrific thing happened after another and I had no idea how anyone was going to make it out alive.

People mistakenly believe that living in a small town is safe. The citizens of Safe Haven in Northern Wisconsin share this belief about their quiet haven with only one road in an out. The haven is shattered when a helicopter crashes in the woods unleashing an unspeakable force on the unsuspecting township. Annihilation seems to be the main purpose as the unsuspecting and simple folks are murdered by the most horrific ways with no explainable motive.

The story follows a widow and her young son who are running for their lives as well as their friends and neighbors. The odds are against all of them.

Labeled an horrific thriller, it is laced with mysterious elements–why is this happening? Who are these people? How on earth will anyone survive?

The story unfolds at such a fast pace, this reader absolutely couldn’t put it down until the end. If you love action that never lets up, a plot that keeps you guessing, wonderful characters in which to place your hope, and villains to hate–this book is for you. Warning: After reading Afraid, you’ll want to keep a flashlight and a weapon by your bed at night.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Promotion and Personal



We spent Saturday in Camarillo visitng our youngest daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter and while there watched the Wrestler, which I didn't like. Too brutal and too much other yukky stuff. Early in the a.m. we headed for Channel Islands Harbor and found our spot and set up our booth. Because we had the harbor on one side and the beach on the other, it was chilly most of the day.

There were plenty of people--the big draw was the Farmer's Market with the most gorgeous fruits and vegetables and strawberries the size of plums. I was a novelty with my books, but managed to sell quite a few, talked to lots of people and handed out many cards. Our eldest daughter, hubby and golden retriever arrived in the afternoon and sat with us and also helped us pack-up our booth when it was time.

We had dinner with all of the kids then went to the eldest daughter's home. We saw Slum Dog Millionaire which I liked and also watched The Amazing Race and Celebrity Apprentice.

Of course we did lots and lots of yakking, catching up on all the news.

Sunday we all had breakfast together.

Wednesday, while this is up, I'll be at the hospital having a procedure done. I'll be back on Thursday if all goes well.

Marilyn

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Review of DVD for Very Young Children

The DVD and the Mystery of the Lost Mosquito Treasure is a cute cartoon featuring Hermie and Friends. When Skeeter’s “wonderful brother Sir Sinclair M. Skeeto comes to town, Skeeter is completely overshadowed. All of his friends look up to Sinclair as they set out on an adventure to find a treasure.

When it takes both Skeeter and his brother to unlock the secret of the treasure they both realize that each of them is unique and special in his own way.

The cute creatures and the outstanding acting of the talents behind the voices add to the lesson about each one of us being designed by God.

This story should hold the interest of pre-schoolers and could be used as a basis for a Sunday School lesson on what makes each one of us special.

Marilyn Meredith
Sunday School teacher of many years and author of the Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series.

Monday, March 16, 2009

New Contest!

New Contest!

When I received one of my reviews for No Sanctuary, the reviewer kindly pointed out three errors in the book. Of course I immediately emailed my publisher and the mistakes have been fixed–in any book ordered from Oak Tree Press, Amazon or Kindle.

However, I’ve purchased about 100 books that still have the mistake. These books can only be ordered through my website: http://fictionforyou.com

If you order No Sanctuary from my website, read it and find the three errors and send me an email with a description of the error and the page number it’s on, you’ll be put in a drawing for first prize, a $50 gift certificate from Amazon.com, 2nd prize $30 certificate from Amazon.com, and 3rd prize $20 certificate from Amazon.com.

My email address is: mmeredith@ocsnet.net

If you already purchased the book from me at a book signing, you are eligible to enter the contest but you must tell me where you bought the book.

The contest begins now–and will end April 30.

Good luck!

Marilyn

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Tour Stops for Monday and Tuesday

We won't be heading home until Monday. I want everyone to know that I'll be at http://valleygirlmusings.blogspot.com both Monday and Tuesday.

This is a fun blog and I don't want anyone to miss it.

I grew up in Eagle Rock CA. Not sure if that classifies me as a Vally Girl, but when I was growing up I was a huge movie fan and definitely had my favorite stars. Valley Girl, who hosts this blog, is also a big movie fan which is reflected in the questions she asked me.

I hope some of you will be kind enough to visit and perhaps leave a comment or two.

Marilyn
a.k.a. F. M. Meredith

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Blog Tour and the Weekend

If you haven't already, be sure to go to http://www.thebookconnectionccm.blogspot.com/
and take a look at the blog and by all means, view the book video. It's absolutely wonderful!

This morning we're headed to Camarillo where we'll be spending the night with our youngest daughter and her family. Always glad for an excuse to head down that direction and get an opportunity to catch up on family.

Sunday, we're going to have a book booth (#50) at the Celebration of the Whales at Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard. We'll be there from 10 to 4:30. If you're in the area do stop by.

Marilyn
http://fictionforyou.com

Friday, March 13, 2009

Are Vampires Green?




Guest Blog from Liz Jasper:

March 7-13 is go green, read an e-book week. I could spend this time rattling off statistics about the spared trees, reduced pollution, etc. associated with reading e-books. However, while I am concerned about our collective carbon footprint, there are lots of people who have already researched and written about this. (The most comprehensive I've run across is in the June 08 issue of Environmental Science and Technology. If you'd like to run across it: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es087144e?prevSearch=electronic+books&searchHistoryKey=)

So what I would really like to know, as an environmentally responsible vampire mystery writer, is this: Are vampires bad for the environment?

Think about it. Unless they have the bad fortune to collide chest first with a sharp stake or (depending on the vampire) step out into a lovely, sunny, existence-ending day, they live forever. Longer than Styrofoam in a landfill. Or Twinkies. Or broccoli on my niece's plate. Which means they probably take up more than their fair share of resources, don't you think?

Well…

On the plus side -- and this is a big plus -- they don't eat human food. And if you ever read the statistics about what's trashing our environment, the resources we use to grow food is a big part. There's methane from cattle (a discreet way of saying cow farts) polluting our air, fertilizer polluting our streams, etc. etc. So well done Dracula for getting by on just a wee bit of blood!

Also on the plus side, the undead don't commute. Not in cars anyways. Granted any vampire worth his sex symbol status will own a nice set of wheels, but it's not as if he's stuck in rush-hour traffic every day. No vampire with the least bit of brains would spend an hour or two a day battling road rage on the freeway when he could just turn into a bat and fly where he needs to go. (I assume any technology that would allow him to drive a car during daylight hours could also be used to protect his batty little wings. Excuse me. Very sexy, uber-masculine man-vamp wings.)

This is sounding pretty good for a vampire's carbon footprint, except for the fact that for some vampires, one person equals one meal. Tsk. Tsk. Really, vampires of the world, do you have any idea how much it takes to get a pretty young maiden to eighteen in this country? In purely financial terms, estimates range from $38,027 to $104,532. I have no idea how many McDonald's Happy Meals the average eighteen year old has eaten, but I imagine it's a lot. Think of all the cow farts involved in producing one young maiden. Puberty is one long Fry Emergency.

Those vampires clearly need to hear the eco message of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. I know. It's hard to hold back when you're hungry. It's like telling a writer to lay off the chocolate near a deadline.

Nonetheless, I say to vampires: Can't you try to be a little more considerate of the environment when you stalk your next victim?

And to readers, especially those who like vampire stories, why not do your part to help the planet and make your next book an ebook!

About Liz Jasper

Liz Jasper is an award-winning vampire mystery author and avid eBook reader, blogging this month for All Romance eBooks' Go Green/Read e Campaign. Find out more about the Go Green/Read e Campaign at www.gogreenreade.com. To learn more about Liz Jasper and to read excerpts and reviews of her books, visit her website at www.lizjasper.com.

You can find Liz Jasper's Underdead mysteries and thousands of other eBooks on-line at www.allromanceebooks.com.

Liz Jasper
Award-winning mystery author
UNDERDEAD, UNDERDEAD IN DENIAL
www.lizjasper.com

Thursday, March 12, 2009

King's County Public Library Today



This is how my book display was done for the book launch for No Sanctuary.

I'll be talking at the Hanford Branch of the King's County Public Library at 6:30 p.m. My topic will be about my road to publication, and of course I'll mention my two latest books and how they came to be.

The Hanford Branch Library is a great library and good venue for an author. They are most hospitable to every author who makes an appearance there and I'm looking forward to it.

It's about a 1 1/2 drive from my home in the foothills, so I'm taking along my daughter-in-law to be my driver. Not really thrilled to drive a long ways by myself.
We'll go out to eat beforehand some place near the library. Last year we found a lovely Italian restaurant, rather expensive, and we managed to dine quite nicely on appetizers.

Tomorrow I'll have a guest blogger--interesting author of vampire books. Do take a look.

Marilyn
http://fictionforyou.com

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Wednesday and Plenty to Do

This is where I'm touring today: http://tristisbooktours.blogspot.com

Getting in trouble from not having enough to do will never happen to me.

Today we have to shop for some more paint and the like for our bedroom remodel. Grandson and any friend he can con into helping him, are painting the room and will put down the new floor. We also have to go to the bank to talk to a financial advisor--don't know what exactly we're doing this for.

There is other shopping to do also.

In the evening, I'm heading down to my critique group. I haven't written anything new on that book lately, too many other things to do.

Marilyn
http://fictionforyou.com

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Busy Day Ahead

Have to promote my stops on my blog tour--and once again I'm visiting http://theplotline.wordpress.com/. If you get a chance please stop by and leave a comment.

This blog tour has been great, put on by Pump Up Your Promotions, and the tour guide is Cheryl Maladrinos who has been terrific about getting me hosted here and there--she's also responsible for the video.

I also have laundry to do because of being gone and a galley proof waiting to be checked.

A huge box of books for me to review arrived while we were gone, so needless to say, I'll be busy. Feel like I have a job--guess I do.

Marilyn
http://fictionforyou.com

My Blog Tour

Today I'm visiting at http://theplotline.wordpress.com and I was there yesterday too.

Going on a blog tour is lots of fun, but it is important to visit the blogs and let other people know so they can visit too.

I've been fortunate to go on three blog tours with Pump Up Your Promotions and I couldn't ask for nicer or more competent tour guides.

Today I will spend doing lots of catch-up and also starting to go over a manuscript for one of my earlier Tempe books that will be re-published by Mundania Press.

That's it for today.

Marilyn

Monday, March 9, 2009

Home from Epicon and Video for No Sanctuary

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_du3UtWAYXw is the new video for No Sanctuary--it's a good one.

Epicon was great as usual. The MonteLago Village was absolutely elegant. It looks like an Italian village on a hillside overlooking Lake Las Vegas.

Always great to see old friends and make new ones.

As usual, we learned a lot--especially about promotion.

I'm exhausted--but happy.

Also got to see my sister while in Vegas and we had a great time together, as usual.

Until later.

Marilyn

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Great Contest in Celebration of Spring

YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS! In celebration of the grand opening of the new Books We Love Reader's Group at yahoo, BWL_Readers@yahoogroups.com, we're asking you to get acquainted with some of our authors by participating in a fun scavenger hunt. We promise it isn't hard. You just have to follow the provided links listed on the loop the morning of March 20th and answer some really easy questions. The answers are all there...you just have to find and collect them all to be entered into a drawing for one of eighteen books. Some will even be personally autographed. You'll have two days, with the contest ending Saturday at midnight. All entries must be received by Ginger Simpson at mizging@gmail.com by noon on Sunday, 3/22. Winners will be announced shortly after.

Whether you come to play or not, we hope you will join us in celebrating the beginning of what we hope will be a stimulating and pleasant group experience. If you aren't familiar with us, please visit http://www.bookswelove.net and get an idea of who we are and what we're about. I'm sure you may have already played in a contest or two there. Jude Pittman has assembled a wonderful group of talent, but without readers, we don't have much purpose. Come join us, won't you. Remember, Saturday, March 20th.

Join us in welcoming Spring!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Movie Poster for No Sanctuary



Isn't this clever? A movie poster of my latest book, No Sanctuary. Cheryl C. Malandrinos, who is supervising my blog tour made this for me. She is one clever gal.

In case I can't get Internet access in my hotel at Epicon, decided I should have a few blogs prepared ahead of time.

Marilyn
http://fictionforyou.com

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Wonderful Review for No Sanctuary

Cheryl Malandrinos gave me permission to post her whole review of No Sanctuary as it appears on the Book Connection:

Riveting, fast-paced, and filled with twists and turns, No Sanctuary by F.M. Meredith is a crime fiction reader's dream.

Officer Stacey Wilbur is the first on the scene of a one-car accident. A green Toyota has smashed into an oak tree and the female driver is dead. But it soon becomes obvious that the accident is a cover up for murder.

The victim is the wife of a popular local minister, and her preacher husband soon becomes the most likely suspect. Gossip in town tells of trouble in their marriage, but as Stacey and Doug start putting pieces together, they find several other likely suspects who could have wanted Mallory Cookmeyer dead.

Called away from the case to work on a special assignment, Stacey is faced with decisions that will impact her career and her budding romance with Doug Milligan, and most likely, put her in harms way.

When we last heard from Stacey Wilbur in Smell of Death, she had broken her long-standing rule of never dating anyone she works with and entered into a relationship with Doug. This gives an already strong character even more depth. A widow, she has been caring for her son Davey with the help of her parents, while trying to juggle a challenging and dangerous career. Having lost her husband in the line of duty, a relationship with Doug offers similiar dangers, but it's really their difficult work schedules that make nurturing their relationship tough on Doug and Stacey.

One of the things that Meredith does best with the Rocky Bluff P.D. series is show not only the official side to her characters, but also how working in law enforcement impacts these people's lives--not just the members of the police force, but also their families. I could easily see these books being turned into a television crime series.

Meredith is also wise in making each one truly a stand alone book. These stories focus on different members of the Rocky Bluff P.D. These aren't just Stacey's stories; they are Doug's, Gordon Butler's, Abel Navarro's, Rick Strickland's, and others who are or were part of the Rocky Bluff P.D.

There are many twists and turns in No Sanctuary, as the reader is led to believe it might be the husband, but then it might be someone on his staff or someone from the church. And this mystery propels the story forward to an exciting and satisfying conclusion.

As with Smell of Death--which we reviewed here--Meredith breaks up all the seriousness with a bit of humor. This time it is mostly brought on by Officer Gordon Butler who rents a room from Doug and who happens to walk in on Doug and Stacey at the worst times. In addition, the banter between Doug and Stacey about the outfit she chooses for her special assignment lightens things up and makes the reader want to see more of these two together in the future.

A fast and suspense-filled read for crime lovers. Pick up a copy of No Sanctuary today!

--Cheryl C. Malandrinos--The Book Connection

Title: No Sanctuary
Author: F.M. Meredith
Publisher: Oak Tree Press
ISBN: 978-1-892343-55-0
SRP: $12.95 (US)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Guest Author David Snowdon



For those of you who love excitement and adventure this book is a thriller that will keep you turning pages from the beginning to the end.

The Mind of a Genius by David Snowdon
(The Formula That Could Change The World)

Special Agent, Jason Clay from the MI4 is hired to find a secret formula that was invented by the famous British scientist, Malcolm Prince. The only weak element in Clay’s strategy to accomplish his mission is Laura Prince, the beautiful wife of the scientist, who Clay has to seduce in order to obtain the formula.

But the CIA, the Denmark Intelligence, the Australian Intelligence and many other very determined individuals are also after that formula, and can’t wait to get their hands on it. The competition is fierce, but who’s going to win?

The story develops as a travel through the world; with the action starting in London, then moving onto Copenhagen, Hong Kong and Australia.

Clay appears to be the right man for the job; extremely handsome and a natural charmer, nothing could be easier for him than seducing a beautiful woman in order to obtain a top secret.

For more information visit www.the-mind-of-a-genius.com

About the book:
The Mind of a Genius by David Snowdon
ISBN: 978-0-9552650-1-3
Publisher: Pentergen Books
Pages: 288
S.R.P £6.99/ $13.56

Available from Waterstone’s, Blackwells, Amazon.co.uk Amazon.com and from the author at his website http://www.the-mind-of-a-genius.com/order.html

About David Snowdon -
British thriller writer, David Snowdon was born in London, and lives in London. He started writing in 1983, and wrote his first book, which hasn’t been published in 1984. His first published work, Too Young To die, was published in August 2006. And his second novel, The Mind of a Genius, was published in November 2007.

To learn more about David Snowdon and The Mind of a Genius, visit http://www.the-mind-of-a-genius.com and to learn more about his virtual tour in early 2009, http://virtualblogtour.blogspot.com/2008/12/mind-of-genuis-by-david-snowdon.html

As an added incentive, anyone who posts comments on any of the blog tour stops will be entered in a drawing for a copy of The Mind of a Genius.

Full of twists from beginning to end, this book takes the reader on a fascinating journey through several countries before coming to a spectacular conclusion.

Marilyn
aka F. M. Meredith
author of No Sanctuary.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Virtual Book Tour Dates

Because I'm leaving for Henderson NV on Wednesday, I'm posting the places I'll be on my virtual book tour for the time that I'm gone.

March 4 http://bookexcerpts.wordpress.com/
March 5 http://silverrushmysteries.blogspot.com/
March 6 http://www.murderby4.blogspot.com/
March 9 http://theplotline.wordpress.com/

I'm hoping that the hotel will have wifi as I'm taking my new mini-laptop with the intention of using it to continue with the promotion of No Sanctuary
and to work on my book in progress.

To be perfectly honest, since we're spending the first day and night in Las Vegas with my sis and hubby, I know I won't be doing--or want to be doing--much then. Because Epicon is so much fun and I have made so many friends with other authors over the years that I know will be there, I doubt I'll be doing much in the way of writing--but you never know.

That's about it for now, lots more to do before I'm ready to leave for Las Vegas. And, no, I will not be tempted to gamble while I'm there. I can't figure out how to use the machines. Liked it back in the old days when you just put money in and pulled the lever down.

Marilyn
http://fictionforyou.com

Monday, March 2, 2009

On to Epicon

We leave on Wednesday for Las Vegas NV. We will be driving--not looking forward to it, it's a horrible drive. Too much traffic, boring scenery. I plan on editing the next Deputy Tempe Crabtree novel which is all done. Once I get it polished, I'll send it on to my publisher then I can get back to Rocky Bluff PD novel in progress.

Our first stop (not counting the potty stops we'll have to make because we always begin our trips with an iced flavored coffee from McDonald's)will be at my sister's in Vegas. I love conferences in Vegas because it gives me the opportunity to visit with my sis and her hubby. We'll stay the first night there and leave after lunch for Epicon.

What is Epicon? It's the conference for electronically published writers. I was published in e-books long before there were any readers like iPhones and Kindles, even before the first Rocket E-Reader, when to read a book published electronically the only ways to do so was on the computer. Romance writers started Epicon and they quickly embraced other genres. At this point in my writing life, all of my publishers also do e-books. I have books with Hard Shell Word Factory, Treble Heart Books, and my Deputy Tempe Crabtree series is published by Mundania Press. The Rocky Bluff P.D. series is with Oaktree Press which also puts their books on Kindle.

At Epicon we'll hear a lot about different writing processes and also how to promote ebooks on the Internet. It's amazing how that has been changing over the years.

Though that's a good reason for attending, I'm also looking forward to seeing friends I've made at this conference over the years. It will also give hubby and me a chance to relax away from all the hub bub that goes on at home. Always ongoing drama.

And of course I'm taking books to be sold at the Epicon bookstore.

I've got the clothes out I plan to take--now it's time to put them in the suitcase.

I'll also be trying out my new mini-laptop while I'm gone. Hope it works as well as everyone who has them says.

Marilyn
aka F. M. Meredith

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Book Launch Report

Did all the things I said I was going to do and got to the church and started decorating. First thing we did was put a sign in front of the church directing people to the side entrance to the fellowship hall. Put up all the wanted posters and signs plus nice big poster of No Sanctuary. Decorated tables with black cloths and crime scene tape.

Set up the food table: smoked salmon, crackers, deli-meas and cheeses and wonderful cookies.

Just as we were finishing up, a woman came and visited for awhile, bought books, ate a couple of cookies and left.

The rest of the folks who came were relatives or my biggest fans who also bought books. Only thirteen in all--but I've got to tell you I've sat in bookstores and been lucky to sell two or three.

The food was scrumptious, I got to visit with people I enjoy and I'd say it was a successful day.

Next, we're headed to Epicon.

Marilyn