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RRBC Spotlight Blog Tour Featuring Christa Nardi

 

“SPOTLIGHT” AUTHOR

Christa Nardi Author Photo

Effects of Television in Childhood and our Adult Lives

Much of the media over the years has focused on violence on television and aggression in children. Social learning and modeling are well documented, but there are other ways in which television affects our lives, and my interest in mysteries.

For years, we gathered around the television and watched Perry Mason. I think it was Sunday evenings and it was one of the “family” activities my sisters, mother, and I enjoyed – one of my fonder memories in fact. Perry, Della, and Paul. I own some of the original hard cover books, as well as paperbacks, and CDs of the first 2 seasons.

Did you know they have the first four seasons on MeTV? Yup, recorded on TIVO. After the series, came the 2-hour movies and I recorded them (VCR) when they replayed years later. One of these days, I will convert them to CD. Somehow the attempt to replace Perry with someone other than Raymond Burr didn’t have the same appeal.

Some of my other favorites included Mike Hammer, Mannix, Jessica Fletcher, Magnum PI, Dan Tanna, Ironsides, Columbo, Rockford Files, Hart to Hart and the original Hawaii 5-0. Later of course all the Law and Orders, all the CSIs, Criminal Minds, Castle, Rizzoli & Isles… I think you get the point. With all the mystery series I watched and loved, it’s no wonder I liked to read mysteries and still do… but that’s another blog stop. Also not a surprise that I chose to write mysteries.

Book CoversAn excerpt from MURDER AT COLD CREEK COLLEGE: 

From Chapter 1

I nodded and then checked the next open door. Unfortunately, it was Max’s office. I knocked. He swiveled around, his black hair somewhat uncontrolled and in need of a cut. I must have startled him. His brown eyes opened wide.

“Sheridan, you wouldn’t believe. I‘m ready to get this experiment going, and somehow the materials I ordered haven’t come in. Terra told me I didn’t have enough money in my account, and that’s not right! I don’t know what her problem is,” was his opening tirade. Max was the other experimental psychologist in the department. He was by far the one most interested in research .

“Yeah, well, Terra and Ali do the books. They would know. Maybe you didn’t figure right what you had in your lab account. I bet they can give you a full accounting,” I suggested. Max tended to have these tantrums a lot. He was relatively young and had come to Cold Creek straight from graduation the year after me. He had big dreams of doing enough research to get to a better university.

“You doing okay otherwise – you know with the rec center and all,” I asked.

“Oh, I gave up on the rec center last year. Too crowded. I joined a private club where I don’t have to deal with the students. At the rec center, they always tried to talk to me. Are you looking for a place to work out?” he asked, oblivious to the excitement on campus. But that was not unusual for Max. Unless it was going to directly affect him, he didn’t seem to know about it. Now, if he had wanted to work out today, he might have been more interested.

“Uh, Max, someone died at the rec center this morning,” I offered as gently as I could.

Jumping out of his seat, he proclaimed, “I knew it, I knew there were safety problems. I knew those students would wreck something! See what I mean?”

“Max, someone was murdered. It wasn’t an accident,” I added. I wondered at the fact that he hadn’t asked the obvious question of who? It was certainly the question I wanted answered.

“Oh. Well, it better not get in the way of my lab work. I’d love to chat with you Sheridan, but I have work to do,” he responded. With that, he sat back down and turned back to his computer. Good thing or he would have seen me shake my head in disbelief. It was also probably a good thing that he did research with rats or mice, examining their use of cues, learning, and such. He sure didn’t seem interested in people and didn’t always pick up on social cues. I made my way back to my office with a wave at Kim. I also quickly let her know that it wasn’t Jim, Doug or Max who was murdered.

BIO

Christa Nardi is and always has been an avid reader. Her favorite authors have shifted from Carolyn Keene and Earl Stanley Gardner to more contemporary mystery/crime authors over time, but mystery/crime along with romance and scifi/fantasy are her preferred choices for leisure reading. Christa also has been a long time writer from poetry and short stories to the Cold Creek series, Christa has joined many other reader/writers in writing one genre she enjoys reading – the cozy mystery. The series started with Murder at Cold Creek College; Murder in the Arboretum is the second in the series. Murder at the Grill is expected to be published in November 2015. Christa Nardi is a pen name for a real life professor/psychologist from the Northeast who is well published in nonfiction and technical venues.

Check out Christa’s books:

Murder at Cold Creek College

mystery, women sleuths, cozy

Murder in the Arboretum

mystery, women sleuths, cozy

Buy Links:

http://smarturl.it/MColdCrk

http://smarturl.it/MArb

 Follow Christa:

Twitter handle: @ChristaN7777

Facebook address: https://www.facebook.com/christa.nardi.5

Website address: christanardi.blogspot.com 

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Rave Reviews Book Club SPOTLIGHT Blog Tour Featuring Sara Hathaway

Today I’m happy to welcome Sara Hathaway to Archer’s Aim for a Spotlight blog tour stop via Rave Reviews Book Club. She’s written a rather interesting book that I’m sure you’ll want to read. Take it away, Sara!

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Day After Disaster Visibility, Crash Course in Marketing 101Book Cover

When Day After Disaster was finally completed and the publisher was chosen, I was launched into the book-marketing world. I quickly found a use for the business management skills I studied in school. I had fine-tuned them in various positions before I became a published author but I had never worked for my own business. Even with the slight advantage of a business background, it has been an enthralling adventure full of knowledge to learn. More than anything though, I have met some outstanding mentors that have kept my efforts focused and my goals aimed at success.

I graduated from The California State University of Sacramento in December of 2004, with a bachelor’s degree in General Business Management. While I studied business, I never could decide upon a specific area of business that I liked the most so I just studied them all, finance, marketing, human resources, entrepreneurship and more. In my career, I worked managing a smoothie shop and then managing an insurance office. This gave me a solid background in business operations and sales.

When I started down this road of publishing, I understood immediately, I was putting together a new business based around my novel. I made a business plan and started to map out the steps I needed to take to navigate the path successfully. I took a clear look at the goals I was setting up for myself. I mapped out the financials of the business and how I was going to keep track of things. I needed to set up a game plan to pay back my biggest investor (my mother) and have extra money to be able to spend on promotions. I cruised along the business plan, joyfully filling in the categories with ease. Until, I got to the marketing section.

My publishing company had provided me with some basic steps to take. They also made it very clear that the idea of me filling the shelves of a store with my books and having author book signings there with a line out the door was not going to happen. This privilege was reserved for the most well-known authors and honestly sometimes even they don’t have a very big turnout. So, what was I to do? How was I going to sell all of these boxes of books that showed up at my door? Obviously, I had some research to do.

I started at the site LinkedIn. I got a membership and started joining some groups. I talked to authors and listened to their advice. I learned about things like Goodreads.com and facebook pages. I started researching some of my favorite authors to see who gave them endorsements and how they got that done. Unfortunately, I discovered that I was too close to my publication date to get many of those reviews. I had missed the starting gun but how is a new author to know? With the very limited funds I had, I needed to seek out information and advertising methods that were inexpensive but effective. I was willing to put in the work of sorting through the information and I wasn’t about to pay someone to do it for me. Maybe I am too controlling but I felt I needed to learn the process myself so if the time came where I was financially in a position to hire a marketer or agent, I would know if they were doing a quality job or not. One of the most awesome things I figured out while pouring through this information is that there is a big network of intelligent and helpful authors out there, who are willing to give you a hand if you just ask. I started delighting in the relationships I was building and then I met a lady named Sandra Beckwith.

Sandra was the first author mentor I met who seemed to really care about getting authors quality information at a very low cost. Many people out there who claim they want to help you will only do so if you pay them lots of money. It is like trying to wade through a pool of sharks. Luckily, I found Sandra early before I had a chance to be bitten by those hungry monsters. I got tons of valuable information from Sandra and started to really develop some quality material but then it got better. She introduced me to a program that D’vorah Lansky was hosting called the 30-Day Book Marketing Challenge.

D’vorah’s program was geared toward non-fiction authors but it was free to participate and I needed all the information I could get my hands on. At the free level, I only had access to each day’s events for a limited time so I focused and studied each day. I followed the action steps and before I knew it I had a solid author platform established. As the program continued on, D’vorah mentioned that there were a lot of fictional authors in the program and she wanted to know how we were applying the information. I poured over my notes and prepared a lesson on just that, how fictional authors could apply the material to their books. Imagine my joy when D’vorah loved what I had put together and featured my write up the next day during the class! (To view the feature follow this link: http://www.authorsarafhathaway.com/#!marketing-challenge-feature/c1o5r )

Over the past year I have digested a ton of information and my desk is buried in notebooks overflowing with notes. It has made me into a totally different person. I have confidence and I am stretching my marketing muscles but I remember very clearly how difficult a process it has been. I realized that many new authors are at a big disadvantage. They are authors not business managers and marketers. Many have no idea how to get started or where to go for help. I was so blessed to have the background that I did and so lucky to have met some very influential mentors early in the process. I tell all the authors that I meet that I am here to help. I feel honored that they would want to pick my brain. There are so many aspects of this business that I am by no means a master but I will always lend a hand when I can. It was the people that reached out to me that got me where I am today and I would do nothing less for others.

My own journey continues on as well. Currently, the sequel to Day After Disaster, the next book in The Changing Earth Series, is at the editor and will be released in a few months. I have participated in a Virtual Book Tour, I am conducting a Virtual Podcast Tour and soon I will be releasing my own podcast titled, The Changing Earth Podcast. I am still working through my list of marketing ideas because the list keeps growing and the ideas keep evolving. For all the authors reading this and wondering how I can help them, don’t be afraid to contact me, all of my contact information can be found on my website. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the adventure in Day After Disaster and keep pushing to share your own message to the world.

Tips to Get You Going:

  • An author who talks about their book is an author that sells their book. Whenever you can find an appropriate time with anyone you are talking with bring up your book. Let them know you have been published and how awesome it feels. They will probably want to know what your book is about and may even buy one on the spot. Always have book with you!
  • Talk with other authors. There is always something to learn from everyone. Even if that something is what not to do. Chances are though you will learn something you never even considered to add to your marketing options list.
  • Keep knocking at those doors! Make a great big list of all the marketing ideas you gather from everywhere and keep going through the list from one idea to the next. Some will yield results some won’t but don’t stop trying. The rule of sales is some will, some won’t, some wait, so what.

Author PhotoSara F. Hathaway is the author of the book, Day After Disaster. Sara grew up in the country where she developed a profound interest in the natural world around her. After graduating from The California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor’s degree in business management, she returned to her passion for a rural existence. She has extensively researched and practiced survival techniques and utilized forgotten life-sustaining methods of the generations past. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in California where she is at work on the sequel to her first novel and helping other authors skyrocket their careers to the next level. For more information and a free copy of “The Go-Bag Essentials” featuring everything you need to have to leave your home in a disaster visit: www.authorsarafhathaway.com

Book Description:

Day After Disaster is an apocalyptic, adventure novel, featuring a dynamic young woman, mother and wife, Erika, who is thrust into a world turned upside down by a series of natural disasters. Finding herself alone in a city mutilated by this disastrous situation, she must save herself. Once free of the city confines, she desperately tries to navigate through the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to get back home to her family. Not knowing if they are alive or dead she must call on all of her survival instincts to plot a course through this broken environment.

Book Links:

http://www.authorsarafhathaway.com/#!saras-survival-stuff/c1mzf

http://www.amazon.com/Day-After-Disaster-Changing-Earth/dp/1631221345

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/day-after-disaster-sara-f-hathaway/1119581911?ean=9781631221347

Follow Sara online!!

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/sarahathaway19

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Author.S.Hathaway

Website: http://www.authorsarafhathaway.com/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/sarafhathaway/

Congratulations to Sara Hathaway on her book and Spotlight tour with RRBC. As always, please take a few minutes to look at Sara’s book and support this author.

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“SPOTLIGHT” Author Blog Tour: Maureen K. Howard

Today I’m pleased to welcome this week’s featured Rave Reviews SPOTLIGHT Blog Tour author – Maureen K. Howard. This is one of the great perks RRBC offers to members who are regularly active in the club. Congratulations to Maureen for winning the current tour and kudos to the club to continue promoting great authors like this! Take it away, Tara!

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“Just Another Day In …”

~by Brigette Howard

SunnySideUpCoverGreetings and salutations, fellow book lovers. Please let me formally introduce myself and my writing partner. Maureen K. Howard is the pen name of mother/daughter writing team, Maureen Kovach and Brigette Howard. We both live in Findlay, Ohio.

Maureen recently retired from a long career as a high school English teacher and now focuses her time on spoiling her three granddaughters, spending long weekends at the lake with her husband and their golden doodle, and making friends with fellow mystery writers and readers across the globe via social media. Oh yeah, she also writes books.

Brigette works full time managing multiple national restaurant franchises. She enjoys taking her charcoal lab on running adventures and spends her free time reading, gardening with her husband, cooking, and planning the perfect murder.

Now let’s get real. Here’s a peak into a typical day, a day off from work, at that. I woke up yesterday morning to a call from my mom who was so excited about an email she had received from Rave Review Book Club (RRBC) asking us to participate in the prestigious Spotlight Week. I read through all of the requirements and thought it sounded like a great opportunity. We signed on the dotted line.

As usual, our time lines really didn’t mesh, but we had a very limited window of time to get everything prepared for this great event, so we had to make it work. The day was going to be Wednesday. We would spend the whole day together at my mom’s house getting everything done for our fabulous week in the Spotlight. We wouldn’t rest until everything was complete.

8:00 A.M. “Hey mom, do you want to come to my house instead? You haven’t been over in forever, plus I have lots of food, and wine if needed. And bring Joe if you want to.” (Why did I say that? Now I have to speed clean my house and think about preparing food. Not to mention the fact that we have the added pressure to look cute so we can take a new author picture today.)

12:00 P.M. My mom and her dog Joe get to my house and she says how nice everything looks. (As if I just wake up to a cute and tidy house and didn’t just spend three hours cleaning.) Now we get down to work.

2:00 P.M. We are about ¼ of the way through what we need to do when my Aunt Diane from California calls and says she is in the neighborhood and would like to see us. Okay. (When are we eating again? And shouldn’t it be soon, since we opened the wine at noon?)

4:30 P.M. Lunch has been eaten. The visit with my aunt is complete, my husband is home from work, and now my dad is wondering where my mom and his dog are because he wants to get on the road to the lake for the four-day boat trip they have planned to Cleveland. “We’ll be done soon,” Mom says. (Only four more blog posts to go, and still not a single useable photo. I think we need more wine.)

7:00 P.M. Our latest photo session was a success. (So to speak. My husband is seriously questioning our sanity after taking endless photos that we reject because of double chins or squinty eyes). But finally, all questionnaires are complete and we only have two more blog posts to finish.

7:15 P.M. Mom decides that she needs to get home so she can finish packing and get on the road, and I realize that I have been sitting in front of this computer for almost seven hours. (I think I’ll go check out the ribs that my husband has smoking and refresh my wine. One more post to finish before I have to work at noon tomorrow)!

Update: Mom got to the boat and finished one of her posts at 11:00 P.M. The last one was done Thursday morning before dawn. My final piece got finished just in time to rush out the door.

Turn on that spotlight and let it shine!

Author Bio:

Bio PicMaureen K. Howard is the pen name of mother/daughter writing partners, Maureen Kovach and Brigette Howard. They both live in Findlay, Ohio. Maureen recently retired from a long career as a high school English teacher and now focuses her time on spoiling her three granddaughters, spending long weekends at the lake with her husband and their golden doodle, and making friends with fellow mystery writers and readers across the globe via social media. Oh yeah, she also writes books. Brigette works full time managing multiple national restaurant franchises. She enjoys taking her charcoal lab on running adventures and spends her free time reading, gardening with her husband, cooking, and planning the perfect murder.

Maureen Online:

Twitter: @mhowardbooks
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maureenhowardauthor
Website: http://mhowardbooks.wix.com/lake-erie-mysteries

Book Links:

AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/Sunny-Side-Lake-Erie-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00Q79DB90/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1434554136&sr=1-2&keywords=sunny+side+up

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sunny-side-up-maureen-k-howard/1121262131?ean=9781634432887

CHAPTER ONE

The evening sky made me think of rainbow sherbet as I watched the sun set over picturesque Kelleys Island. The sound of waves lapping against the side of my small skiff as I steered toward the lakeshore had a cathartic effect—my breathing and heart rate were finally returning to normal. From a hundred yards off shore, it was a postcard perfect scene. Idling past the breakwall, past the pier and the beach, I envisioned the fingers of charcoal smoke curling their way through the pastel clouds, clutching and twisting, distorting the idyllic scene. I could almost smell it, faint at first, but increasing in intensity, a foul odor like hot summer asphalt mixed with the sweetly noxious smell of burnt cupcakes. It would make your eyes water and your nostrils burn.

Increasing my speed, I glanced over my shoulder then focused once more on the shoreline, imagining the result of my handiwork and the thrill that would course through me when my mission was complete and my trophy, the charred remains of my victim, was discovered.

Best wishes for good sales to Maureen. Please take a few moments to view Maureen’s work via her links. If you’re interested in membership with Rave Reviews Book Club just click the link to find out more and if you join tell them P. H. Solomon sent you.

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