Monthly Archives: February 2018

Writer Alert! Here’s your chance to win a free book!

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One of my goals for this year was to revise my writing and publishing advice book, Write for the King of Glory. I’ve learned a few things since the first edition of this book, and you are the ones to benefit if you want to learn how to make your writing distinctively Christian plus get an inside look at one indie writer’s publishing journey from start to finish.

If you didn’t know there was a first edition, here’s what it looked like:

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I’ve learned a few things about publishing (and cover design) since the first edition, and I’d love to share them with you. I’d also like to get more reviews. But most of all I’d like to give away some ebook copies of this book. So just respond to this post with your email or send your request to my email (mjmcfindley@gmail.com). I’m happy to send you a copy in whatever format you like!

Here are the links so you can check it out on your favorite site. But remember, you can have one for free! Just ask!

myBook.to/Write-King-Glory

books2read.com/Write-for-king-of-glory

http://bit.ly/2EPDCGX

 

 

 

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Review: The Far Corner of the Greenhouse by K.V. Case

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Four out of Five Stars. Highly recommended Romantic Women’s Fiction

If you like romances where opposites attract this is the book for you. What a tapestry of conflict and connection this book is. The ways in which Stone and Abigail turn out to be connected are stunning. It’s like that bedraggled bush in her father’s greenhouse. Layer by layer, as these two people intertwine on the outside, their pasts and inner lives open up like that mysterious plant. Don’t skip over the bush or the chats or the other clues that this book is deep and rich with threads of wonderful, surprising detail. sniff the air and find something extraordinary. This is a sweet incense offering to God.

The book also has sage and sweet and tough advice on how to deal with abuse and all kinds of relationships. It’s a strong metaphor of how in all walks of life humans need to listen to counsel and rely on others. In ourselves we make wrong decisions. When we get isolated we lose hope or lash out.
God is there, however, waiting for us to realize we can’t do any of this alone. Those who want to isolate themselves or control others have to step toward the light or they will never leave the darkness behind.

I received this book in exchange for my unbiased review.

 

 

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Good-bye and Hello

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Aloha can mean both good-bye and hello in Hawaiian, or so I’m told. So it seems fitting as we try to plan for the new year, to say good-bye to some old friends, and hello to new plans for Findley Family Video Publications.

First, a sad farewell to Smashwords as our upload site for all the “other” ebook sites. When we started indie publishing Smashwords was the only simple way to get our books up on sites like Barnes&Noble (Nook), iTunes, Kobo, and the rest of the non-Amazon sites. It was a blessing to have it, but it was often a struggle to format books just so and please the “meatgrinder.”

When I recently tried to upload a revised version of a book there, I got an automated message saying it was rejected due to “text inside tables.” There weren’t any tables in the book, so I scratched my head over it a few minutes. Then I realized how many times I’d scratched my head over what Smashwords had found wrong with our 72 books and umpteen revisions over the years, and I said, enough.

We chose to go with Draft2Digital from now on. Possibly we will miss one or two different sites that Smashwords distributes to, but we have to make choices, and this seems to be the right choice. Draft2Digital even has a site, Books2Read, where customers can link to all the other ebook sites and choose how to get their books with a single link. That was really the deciding factor, a universal link to compete with, if not match, Amazon’s world links to all their stores.

Draft2Digital formats ebooks and even print layouts, and is a great timesaver. I’ll still remember fondly learning to format the Smashwords way and I know it will help in preparing to upload clean ebooks. So thank you, Smashwords, for the good times and the learning experiences, but it’s time to say Aloha. you may see some stray Smashwords links on older parts of the site. Think of them as tributes to a mostly great relationship. Remember you can always find our current links to books by clicking the colored genre images on the right and left sides of the blog.

Good-bye also to Atlantis Word Processor. It’s a good program, but it doesn’t do some of the things we need, like track changes for editors and, though it still does epub conversions, converting to mobi format for Kindle readers no longer happens since the Windows 10 operating system arrived. Since we need professional editing services, and don’t need conversion (see above, regarding Draft2Digital conversion), it seems like a good time to say Aloha to Atlantis.

Now on to what we want to embrace and welcome. The blog has been extensively updated, with some shiny new images, layouts, and links. Enjoy browsing among the posts and pages. Many book pages have new free snippets from the stories. Get a taste of our writing and our purpose.

We also have begun publishing a newsletter. The first issue went out a few weeks ago and we’ll be trying to keep subscribers informed about our plans, new releases, our progress toward returning to video creation, and, of course, special gifts and other disclosures just for our subscribers. You can find the link to subscribe just under the search box at the top of the left sidebar. Please join us as we try to keep you more informed, and give you a chance to inform us. If there is anything you want to see or receive, an email to mjmcfindley@gmail.com will definitely get our attention. We take praise or complaints with grace and want to hear from you.

Now, on to the planned releases for this year. It may be too late for New Year’s Resolutions, but, since Spring Cleaning just happened on the blog, we hope you realize our schedule is not quite normal. These are listed in no particular order of release. Just a plan for now, with hope and prayer.

  1. The Captain’s Blade (Sequel to The Baron’s Ring, and book 2 in the Men of the Realmlands Historical Romance series)
  2. Beware the Bustle (Book 4 in the Alexander Legacy Steampunk series, featuring Fun See as narrator)
  3. As the Sparks Fly Upward (Book 5 in the Benny and the Bank Robber YA Historical Adventure series)
  4. I Just Can’t See It (A contemporary romantic suspense)
  5. Amber and the Preacher (Book 2 in the Marshals of New Mexico series)
  6. His Sign 2: The Ezra Solution (episode 2 in the Paranormal Urban fantasy serial)
  7. The Hawk and the Kite (sequel to YA Historical Adventure Hope and the Knight of the Black Lion)
  8. An expansion of Carrie’s Hired Hand (a Civil War romantic suspense novella) into a novel-length story
  9. Guilty Stains, a Resurrection-themed sequel to Fall On Your Knees (Christmas Romantic Suspense Novella)
  10. Who Cares? (Book Three in the Fifty Shades of Faithful contemporary short story series)
  11. A revision and re-release of The Acolyte’s Education (an allegorical retelling of Little Red Riding Hood.)
  12. Updating Write for the King of Glory (nonfiction advice for Christian indie authors)

Newsletter subscribers are going to get samples of all these books, so if you want to know more, please sign up. There will, of course, be a special bonus to those who do. What is it? That would be telling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Valentine’s Day Link-up to Great Reading!

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A Christmas Eve romance for Valentine’s Day? Really? Well, why not? There’s no bad time to read about Murali Nanda, a spy who comes in from the cold for reference librarian Karin Arthur. They’ve talked to online for years but never met in person. Will this be a blind date to die for when a mysterious hacker tries to steal valuable agency intel? You get all this, plus a visit from Bruno, a very big dog who only wants to help Karin make the right choice about whether to trust that this romance is real.
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This Romantic suspense novella is normally 99 cents, but it  is just one of many great ebooks you might get free at our Valentine’s Day blowout. Here are the links for this book for all online retailers, anywhere in the world. Take a look, but don’t click “buy” yet, because I’ll be giving away copies to lucky commenters at the event:
myBook.to/Fall_on_your_knees
books2read.com/Fall-on-your-knees
And for a book that’s already always free, here’s the first in my Serial Archaeological Mystery:
myBook.to/Great-Thirst-1-Prepared books2read.com/Great-Thirst-1-Prepared 
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One lucky winner will receive the complete boxed set with all seven books in the series.
myBook.to/Great_Thirst_Boxed_Set
books2read.com/Great-thirst-boxed
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Now hop on to the blog where it’s all happening and see all the Valentine’s Day specials you can enjoy!
http://cwwriters.com/readers/valentines-day-mega-giveaway/
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Yes, We Do Have a Newsletter!

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If you look down the left side of our blog you will see a newsletter subscription link. It’s been there awhile, but, finally, we published our first newsletter! Now, if you missed it, because you’re not a subscriber, we hope you’ll sign up for the newsletter and help us build a line of communication you’ll be glad to see coming. We can’t do that without you, though. Please sign up, get our first one, and give us a critique. We have questions. You have answers. We have new releases, free stuff, sales, promos, and more. But we need you to help us do a better job of communicating. If you’re a blog subscriber, thank you! If you’re also a newsletter subscriber, thank you again! Please tell others about us, so we can reach more people and have a greater effect for Christ. Thank You!

(PS: Subscribers will get access to a free book each time we send out a new letter. Join us!)

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