Tillie’s Tale by Mindy Mymudes

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Tillie’s Tale – Magical Drool Mysteries
by Mindy Mymudes

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Who is the mysterious ghosty haunting puppygirl Tillie? And why? George, the magical basset hound familiar is on the trail.

It’s not often a basset hound puppy is haunted by an unhappy ghost, but George’s packmate, Tillie, manages to attract one. George and Tillie need to find out how to help the ghost before she turns into a poultry-ghost.

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Excerpt :

“Wrrrtttle.”

I turn to Tillie. That’s a sound I haven’t heard before. She makes it again.

“Wrrrrttttle.”

Tillie’s tail is spinning in circles. She’s staring at a filmy thing sitting on the steps of an old, rough-brick building. I know it’s…

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Who is George?

Most of the members who read this blog have no idea why they are here, or what George is. George is an egotistical basset hound familiar. In real life, George is a collection of scenes recalled from my rescue dog, Quark. Quark was a rather unique springer spaniel. From stealing a ball from Joe Montana in River Falls (and getting me in a ton of trouble), to breaking out of my house to come to the Greenhouse I managed on the Campus of UW-RF to snore and steal my students lunches, Quark was a handful. His decision to bring home a friend, a boy, because every dog needs his boy, led us to fostering an 8 year old Joey. Quark found human bones, and his accomplice in crime, Charm, climbed trees. It was an interesting time.

True Facts in the George Knows Chronicles.

George Knows by Mindy Mymudes

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Product DetailsForget what you may have read before about witches and their “familiars” – animals who work with and communicate with them. Usually, it’s a cat – a black one – that’s involved. But in George Knows. the title character is a lovable basset hound who is the familiar for a young witch-in-training – 12-year-old Karly. “Witchiness” runs in the family. Karly’s Aunt Heather is an herbalist and healer who, with George, is teaching the young girl to develop her inheritance of the family’s gifts, including mental telepathy.

When human bones are found by George and Karly as they’re out walking in the park, all their supernatural wiles will come in handy to solve this mystery. There’s also a side story about saving the park from developers, and even a budding romance thrown in.

This is a cute book with a fun story. If you normally shy away from…

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Meet Aviva Gittle, Self-Pub Author with a Mission!

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The world is full of writers, from devoted list-makers to poets and short stories to novels and beyond. For as many writers there are, it’s not too far fetched to claim that there are as many purposes behind the writing. Personally speaking, I write because it helps me organize my thoughts…I just happen to think in a story format.

Once the decision is made to take writing from sketching little stories and poems for our own enjoyment to the next level – that elusive publication. With Self publishing making waves in the industry, these stories are sometimes mistaken (sometimes not) as lesser in quality. As such, self-published authors have come together as a community in several different formats and in online forums. Aviva Gittle is one such author with a heart for helping other self-published authors.

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Getting Here

Getting Here.

Getting Here

<Looks around!> Wow! <Fangirl squee!> <Thud!>

What am I doing here, on this blog, with people that I admire for their strong characters, their ability to give me a vacation from life, for making me think?

Got me. I’m not famous. Not as a writer, anyhow. Now, if you are into dogs or plants, but this blog has nothing to do with any of that.

So here I am, surrounded by those I admire. And stalk. I go to their signings, I follow their pages and blogs and tweets. I want to know more about them. How do they get their ideas? Where do they work? What famous person did they model their characters after?

I want to be the one that finds out what happens in the next book before anyone else.

Boy, that IS stalkerish.

I could stalk, though, if I didn’t know about all these great authors. Where does anyone find out about these amazing books? Publishers aren’t doing a lot of promo anymore. The internet is swamped with blogs about everything from making a good cup of tea to how to tie a fly. Which sounds kind of kinky, but isn’t. The library may carry the book, but where is it hidden? The brick and mortar stores are becoming coffee shops with a few books and a lot of games.

The Internet is filled with more eBooks than the Library at Alexandria, and coming from a stalker fan, most wouldn’t worth the paper they weren’t printed on.

So, how does anyone get known without being known in the first place? In the late 1990’s I became involved in a new scheme for marketing. They’d send me something interesting, and I’d try it and tell people about it. The company would have me write reviews for each encounter, and I’d get more points for better promotions. It was the beginning of formalized Word of Mouth advertising. I’ll tell you, I received some amazing things, as well as some that were awful. I was totally honest about each item, and ended up at the top of the Bzzagent hive.

In the interim, social media took off, and I was drawn into ‘street teams’ for writers I’d learned about from well-known authors. Those authors would actually write back to us, sharing bits of their new works, or offer small prizes for bringing new readers into the fold. I wrote reviews, I talked to my friends, and I mentioned them on my social media sites.

Suddenly, the authors were overnight sensations. The books may have been out for a while, but suddenly their names were out there. More street teams popped up, driven by street cults. I was suddenly a Grimlet, a Moxie, a Tart, and a Beast Claw. I did what I adore: share what I love with my friends, who are like-minded. Who knew that English Springer Spaniel breeders love Urban Fantasy?

The teams hand out bookmarks, vote with intense fervor for favorite boyfriends, most kickass hero, and most bitable cheeks. No, I didn’t make that up, I just didn’t vote. The teams looked for blogs with the contests and told the other members to vote, and publicize.

They wrote, they reviewed; they pushed their favorite writer’s into the spotlight.

That’s step one.

Second, blog tours. I hear you: how many times can you answer the same question, over and over and over again? How many books do you want people to read?

The blog questions might be the same, but it doesn’t mean you have to answer them the same way. Your characters are pretty popular—let them talk for you.

Prewrite blogs when you have the time. What did you do on vacation? What do you eat? More importantly, what do YOU READ? Keep them for when you’re under deadline and still have PR to do.

One warning; be careful who you recommend. I don’t own a specific writing blog, but I do recommend books on my Facebook pages and people do read them. A lot of people read my page. I suggested someone’s book I hadn’t read because she asked. Boy, I wish I hadn’t. Two of my friends wrote to me saying they didn’t understand how I could have enjoyed her book, it was poorly written and the editing was awful. I had to come clean, say it wasn’t a friend, I did it as a favor and will never post again if I didn’t truly enjoy the book. I won’t review a book unless it’s five stars. I won’t finish a book unless it’s worth five stars. And now my secret is out, all sorts of friends of mine are going to know why I never wrote a review.

Okay, so you don’t have time for blogging and setting up street teams. More WOM (word of mouth). Ask. Faith Hunter pushed me into doing something I was already doing for her. I forced her to start a street team, and when I didn’t like the scheduling of her blogs, I found someone on her team that knew how to do it. Thank goodness. She’s another Beast Claw, who coincidently happens to live nearby. She’s meticulous. I’m insane. A marriage made over paper. Let’s Talk Promotions started.

georgeknows333x500-1 I guess that’s why I’m here, surrounded by people that I truly admire. Well, that, and to mention ‘George Knows’ is coming out in paperback at the end of May from MuseItUp. My publisher is tiny, my name non-existent, and George is an egotistical basset hound familiar. Not exactly best-seller material.

Yet he came out number 5 under children’s books dogs, and number 33 for all children’s books on Amazon. The people who bought him also bought Darynda Jones, Faith Hunter, and Ilona Andrews. Guess who helped pimp my book?

I’m intrigued by where this is going. I want to know if George will do better or worse in paperback. I want to know how far I can get the word out. I want to know how many more coffee-dogwashes I can do signings at. After all, Tillie’s Tale is coming out next.

I did mention I’m the crazy half of Let’s Talk?

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I’ve worked in a hazardous waste lab, where under the sign for the Right To Know law, was added: if you can figure it out. I’ve been a metals tech, a bakery clerk, a professional gardener, and taught human anatomy and ran two university greenhouses. Along the way I picked up my Master’s Degree in Biology, specializing in the population genetics of a phallic flowered endangered plant. I am also a top breeder, handler, trainer of English springer spaniels, with three generations in the equivalent of the National Club’s (ESSFTA) hall of fame. Every time I think I know dogs, another dog comes along and proves my beliefs are totally wrong. The Muddy Paws Pack lets me think I’m the alpha while walking right over me. If it wasn’t for my Tall Dude, I don’t know where I’d be. Someone needs to be kennel help.

Now I’m a partner with Let’s Talk Promotions (http://www.ltpromos.com). I’m also bullied by an egotistical magical basset who thinks my springers are dumb. He insists that since I sort of understand dogs, he’d make do and use my fingers to tell his stories. The first was George Knows, the second will be Tillie’s Tale, both are paranormal midgrade mysteries, likened to Nancy Drools. My first short story, Zombies, A Love Story, was published by Pill Hill as part of their anthology, Rotting Tales. The peer reviewed American Journal of Botany published my article Morphological and Genetic Variability In Plantago cordata, a Threatened Aquatic Plant, as well as contributing to other articles in other botanical references, textbooks and Dog Fancy.

 

 

Last updated by admin at March 31, 2014.

This is a ‘My Writing Process Blog Thingy’

I am doing this under duress. Lynda Cox’s Dog suggested I do this; lyndajcox.blogspot.com

You’d think it’s easy to write. You need a pen, a pencil, and paper. Or maybe one of those computer thingies. Except, I’m a dog. I don’t have fingers and thumb to hold things or use a keyboard. I also can’t talk. So the first thing I had to do was find a Peep that was receptive to my creativity. The Lady With The Fingers wasn’t my first choice. In fact, I think she was about 732 or so down the list.

See, she raises English Springers, a breed that are dumb as rocks. I mean, they’ll do anything for food. Seriously, right? What sort of creature will do something foolish like carry a dumbbell for no reason. But, there you go, I made due.

I was asked a few foolish questions for this blog, but if it helps Peeps to find my book, I’ll do it.

1. What am I working on: Currently, Tillie’s Tale. The silly pup didn’t follow her instincts and ended up haunted by a poultry ghost. Not good.

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre: Get real. How many basset hounds, particularly brilliant familiars, do you know that write middle grade urban fantasy. Actually, how many dogs write anything for that matter. I’m unique.

3) Why do I write what I do: It’s said to write what you know. I know about me. My adventures are interesting. How many dogs find human bones that lead to discovering a dragon, save a park, and his BoyPup?

4) How does my writing process work: That’s the hard part. The Lady With The Fingers is pretty good at reading dog language. I think, she picks it up through our link, and watches the story. Sometimes she’s wrong, then I pee on her leg.

Is that enough?

I’m passing this foolishness on to http://www.writerjimlandwehr.com

Jim Landwehr lives and works in Waukesha, WI. He enjoys writing creative non-fiction, poetry and fiction. His book, Dirty Shirt: A Boundary Waters Memoir, will Jimbe released on June 17th, 2014. The book is a humorous account of his travels to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota with friends, brothers and his children over the last 25 years.

This is another silly Peep http://laughingotterslair.blogspot.com/2014/03/nowhere-fast.html

Bryan Fields

By day, I’m a mild-mannered IT tech; by night, a writer who spends too much time in online games. I grew up reading classical authors such as Verne, Burroughs, Wells, Haggard, and Lovecraft, often in conjunction with large doses of Monty Python, Wild Wild West, andHee-Haw.  My current influences include 946211_10201362574055472_1796615661_sDr. WhoGirl Genius, andAn Idiot Abroad.

I live in Denver with my wife Noelle and daughter Alissa. The three of us can often be found prowling around Istaria, Wizard City, and the wilds of Azeroth.  I also makes occasional side jaunts to scavenge bits of ancient technology in the radioactive ruins of the Grand Canyon Province.

 

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Becoming a published author is a lifetime dream come true. As a child, I subjected friends and family to my “KellyMark” greeting cards (“When you care enough to make the very best.”), poetry, homemade magazines, and short stories. In high school, my short story, “If Only to Escape” was published in the local paper, and I won a writing contest for my children’s story, “Televisella.” In college, my creative writing tapered off, but I still managed to write the occasional review for The Marquette UniversityTribune. Once I graduated, I mixed creative writing with business writing, and I’ve held positions in Advertising, Marketing, and Instructional Design/eLearning Development.

Today, I am busy writing the next book in Meara’s story. When I’m not writing, I’m reading, hanging out with my husband and two kids, or playing with our Whoodle puppy.

Drop me a line. I’d love to hear from you!

 

The Peeps will be doing their thing March 13