A SUMMER READ

Summer is almost here. It’s beginning to feel like summer here in Western Kentucky. I love this time of the year with lawns being mowed, fresh strawberries in the garden, and roses blooming. We’re also busy at Mantle Rock Publishing releasing books.


At the present, The Copper Box, Suzanne J. Bratcher is on preorder at Amazon.com. When this cozy mystery came to my computer, I knew I wanted to publish it if possible. It is a very entertaining novel of the Ghost Town of Jerome, AZ.

The print book will release June 6, 2017. You can preorder this ebook today for $3.99!

 

The Copper Box

Jerome, Arizona: the largest ghost town in America

Antiques expert Marty Greenlaw comes to Jerome to face the horror that haunts her dreams: Did she kill her little sister twenty-two years ago?

Historian Paul Russell is in Jerome to face his own horror: Was the car crash that killed his wife his fault?

Their lives become intertwined when an old lady dies on a long staircase in a vintage Victorian house. As Marty and Paul search the house for a small copper box Marty believes will unlock the mystery, accidents begin to happen.

Someone else wants the copper box—someone willing to commit murder to get it. As Marty and Paul face the shadows in the house and in their lives, they must learn to put the past behind them and run the race God is calling them to.

You can find out more about Suzanne at her website!


What is next? The last of May, we will have a preorder of Aimee, a historical romance by Pam Harris. I’ll have more on it next week.

 

 

APRIL IS BEHIND US. . .

Yes, April is behind us, and May has begun. April was an overwhelming month for me. It was much too busy, and I was much too sick. You know the flu everyone talked about. the one the flu shot didn’t touch? Well, I had it, and I still can’t shake the cough. Then we’d planned a vacation to Tybee Island and Savannah, GA since last September. We were supposed to go in October, but Hurricane Matthew cancelled that out. Finally, we made it in May.


May also brought the release of a print book and the pre order of an ebook. We’ve been very busy at Mantle Rock Publishing, but the vacation was wonderful.

Under this Same Sky by Cynthia Roemer released in print and ebook the least of April. It’s a historical romance set in around 1850.Under This Same Sky

~ She thought she’d lost everything ~ Instead she found what she needed most. ~
Illinois ~ 1854
Becky Hollister wants nothing more than to live out her days on the prairie, building a life for herself alongside her future husband. But when a tornado rips through her parents’ farm, killing her mother and sister, she must leave the only home she’s ever known and the man she’s begun to love to accompany her injured father to St. Louis.
Catapulted into a world of unknowns, Becky struggles to make sense of the path the Lord has placed her on and finds solace in corresponding with Matthew Brody, the handsome pastor back home. But when word comes that he is all but engaged to someone else, she must call upon her faith to decipher her future.


The Copper Box by Suzanne J. Bratcher is on pre order now. This is a cozy mystery with a romance in it.

Antiques expert Marty Greenlaw comes to Jerome to face the horror that haunts her dreams: Did she kill her little sister twenty-two The Copper Boxyears ago?

Historian Paul Russell is in Jerome to face his own horror: Was the car crash that killed his wife his fault?

Their lives become intertwined when an old lady dies on a long staircase in a vintage Victorian house. As Marty and Paul search the house for a small copper box Marty believes will unlock the mystery, accidents begin to happen.

Someone else wants the copper box—someone willing to commit murder to get it. As Marty and Paul face the shadows in the house and in their lives, they must learn to put the past behind them and run the race God is calling them to.

This book will be released June 6.

Summer will be upon us before we know it. Have a good week.

Kathy Cretsinger

mantlerockpublishing.com

 

NEW RELEASES

We have one new ebook on preorder and another book released recently. I love the way the authors react when their book is released, and they see it for the first time. It always reminds me of why we started Mantle Rock Publishing. We wanted to publish good books for authors who were having a hard time getting their foot in the publishing door. By teaching them how to market their books and sometimes how to write their book, we have helped several authors to gain attention in their chosen field.

Monday we released a preorder for Under This Same Sky by Cynthia Roemer. This is a sweet Historical Romance. We always have a lot of decisions to make in life and some of them are not easy. You can purchase this book on Amazon and it will be delivered to you on April 28 when it officially releases with the print book.

~ She thought she’d lost everything ~ Instead she found what she needed most. ~Under This Same Sky Cover

Illinois ~ 1854

Becky Hollister wants nothing more than to live out her days on the prairie, building a life for herself alongside her future husband. But when a tornado rips through her parents’ farm, killing her mother and sister, she must leave the only home she’s ever known and the man she’s begun to love to accompany her injured father to St. Louis.

Catapulted into a world of unknowns, Becky struggles to make sense of the path the Lord has placed her on and finds solace in corresponding with Matthew Brody, the handsome pastor back home. But when word comes that he is all but engaged to someone else, she must call upon her faith to decipher her future.


Monday we released Carolina Dream by Regina Rudd Merrick. The ebook and the print book can be purchased on Amazon. If you love to hold a print book in your hands, but find an ebook is easier to read, you can purchase this book at the regular price of $13.99 and the ebook for $1.99. That’s a great bargain if you want both a print and ebook.

Carolina DreamSarah Crawford wants more from life than to attend the wedding of her ex-fiancée. An unexpected inheritance in South Carolina comes at the perfect time, just as Sarah is willing to use any excuse to get out of town.

When she meets potential business partner Jared Benton and discovers that a house is part of the inheritance, she is sure that God has been preparing her for this time through a recurring dream. But will a dream about an antebellum mansion, many rooms to be explored, and a man with dark brown eyes give her the confidence to take a leap of faith, leaving friends, family, and her job behind?

WEASEL WORDS

Authors, do you ever think of the words we use in oWeasel Wordsur writing that are used over and over
. They are called Weasel Words. We all use them. Most can be eliminated, but we think we need them to make the story flow better. In all fairness, we don’t. They make your manuscript slower to read. I’m posting an article from author Heidi Mann. This was on her website http://www.heidimann.com//2010/4/26weasel-words/

In a fiction manuscript, weasel words are defined as words that suck the life out of the words next to them. I have a lengthy list of weasel words. Should they ALL be removed? No. Simply be aware!

These words are usually superfluous:

  • that
  • just
  • a little, a bit
  • really
  • nearly, almost
  • quite
  • rather
  • kind of
  • very
  • anyway
  • any “ly” word
  • like, sort of
  • some, a lot
  • began to / started to
  • even

These words show that you are telling. Remove the words and rephrase to show, not tell:

  • seem, seemed
  • wonder, wondered
  • thought
  • knew
  • felt

These words should be evaluated – are they carrying their weight?

  • would / could / should
  • up / down / back

Look for passive words and evaluate if you can modify the sentence. Here are words that clue you in on passive voice:

  • is, are
  • was, were
  • had (use for flashbacks, but sparingly in normal writing)
  • have been
  • to be

Are you supposed to remove all weasel words? No. Simply make sure that you know they are there and are serving a purpose. Mary DeMuth once told me to limit the number of was/were words to one or two a page. My goal is two a scene, how about you?

Copy this off and have it somewhere handy. We’re all guilty. We’ve all used them, but limit them to only a few.

New ebook coming out on pre-order April 3. More to come later this week about Under This Same Sky by Cynthia Roemer.

BOOMS IN THE NIGHT

We’ve had some of those booms in the night, thunderstorms. I am not a big fan of storms and wind. Lightening is beautiful at a distance, in a plane looking down, but not when it strikes in my backyard. That’s what it did a couple of weeks ago. It struck a tree outside our bedroom window and knocked out our internet. It took almost a week to get it back. After my meltdown, I began to read and really enjoy the quiet of no internet. We can live without it.

The bad part of the storm and loosing internet was that we had a book coming out soon, and I had work to do to get it ready. It all worked out wonderfully. My daughter, who is our cover designer, stepped in and helped. We made it in flying colors.

Talking about books coming out, Carolina Dream by Regina Merrick will be out in paperback on April 3. At this moment, the ebook is on preorder for $3.99. If you preorder the ebook now, you’ll receive it April 3. I love preorders because I usually get them a day or so before the release date. Great way to be the first!

carolina-dream-2Sarah Crawford wants more from life than to attend the wedding of her ex-fiancée. An unexpected inheritance in South Carolina comes at the perfect time, just as Sarah is willing to use any excuse to get out of town.

When she meets potential business partner Jared Benton and discovers that a house is part of the inheritance, she is sure that God has been preparing her for this time through a recurring dream. But will a dream about an antebellum mansion, many rooms to be explored, and a man with dark brown eyes give her the confidence to take a leap of faith, leaving friends, family, and her job behind?

CAROLINA DREAM

Moncarolina-dream-2day, Carolina Dream, was released for preorder in ebook form. The print book will release April 3, 2017 on Amazon. When you preorder the ebook, it will be sent to you April 3, and you can begin the fun of reading this wonderful book.

Every author has different ways to start a book. A lot of books are started with an event that has happened or will be happening soon. Something in a newspaper will prick your imagination and you’ll begin to start thinking of a story. The idea for Carolina Dream began with a dream the author had. If you’ll send her proof of purchase of the preorder, Regina Merrick will send you the story of the dream, the idea of the book.

If you’re a beachy person and love Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, you’ll enjoy this book. It brings back memories of Murrells Inlet to me and wonderful low country meals.

Here’s the blurb from the back of the book.

Sarah Crawford wants more from life than to attend the wedding of her ex-fiancée. An unexpected inheritance in South Carolina comes at the perfect time, just as Sarah is willing to use any excuse to get out of town.

When she meets potential business partner Jared Benton and discovers that a house is part of the inheritance, she is sure that God has been preparing her for this time through a recurring dream. But will a dream about an antebellum mansion, many rooms to be explored, and a man with dark brown eyes give her the confidence to take a leap of faith, leaving friends, family, and her job behind?

Here is the link to preorder the book, click “Buy on Amazon.”

REVIEWS

write-a-reviewRecently, I’ve been on a writers loop that has had a thread about reviews. Reviews are hard to get, I’ll agree, but a good review is worth millions. If you like a book, you should be willing to write a review. Even if you don’t like the book, you can find something nice to say.

How do you get someone to write a review for you? It’s harder to get a review than it is to pull hen’s teeth. It shouldn’t be, but it is. Every new author has this problem, and I hope I can help you a little.

When you personally give someone a book to review have a pad and pencil, ipad, phone, or something to write on. As you hand them the book, tell them you’re writing their name down. Let them see you make the list. I learned this a long, long time ago selling Tupperware. When we made a date for the next party, we let the future hostess see us write her name down in our datebook. It works. When people know you’re serious, they’ll help you out more.

Tell the reader how important the review is to you. It will help you sell books, it will encourage others to buy books, and you will love to see what they think of your book. You hope they’re as excited as you are when they finish reading the book.

After a few weeks, give them a call, or better yet see them in town, church, grocery, etc., and ask them face to face about the review. It is very important to get reviews.

How many times have you seen a book on BookBub and the little blurb says, “Over 1,000 reviews…” One review can sell the book for you. We’re not going to talk about bad reviews. And, Amazon frowns on promising someone something to give a review. So, don’t do that. Tell them how important a review is for you and why you need it.

If people know you’re serious and this is important to you, they’ll help you out. When the reader gives a review, remember to thank them. Give them a call or thank them in person. It will mean a lot to the reader to be thanked, and it will mean a lot to you to get a good review.