Tuesday, April 23, 2013

I am now a part of the USAFE library directory

The Color of Thunder is now listed in the United States Air Force in Europe library 
system. How cool is that? I received this email a few days ago stating that the book 
had come in and that it was ready for me to pick up.


Vogelweh Library

 Vogelweh Library                       04/18/2013                         MPS

The following item(s) are being held for you at the pick-up location listed below. 
We will reserve
the item(s) for you until close of business on the following date(s):

 Title                            Due/Expire Date Barcode             Call Number    Price
 ------------------------------   --------------- ---------------     --------------------Pickup Location

 The color of thunder /           04/25/2013      35612050403774      F WING              Vogelweh Library


The libraries are important...and there are a lot of military families all over Europe who rely on the library system to supply them with the books that they need or want. (There aren't a lot of Barnes and Noble's around the streets of Germany, Spain or Italy selling books in English...and military families live on a budget. It's too difficult to buy every book a person might want to read.) I filled out a purchase request for The Color of Thunder and it was immediately approved. Because I was the one who requested it, it came to me as soon as it arrived and I couldn't be happier. Now all of the wonderful men and women who serve in the United States Air Force and their families can borrow my book.

I'm hoping it will be well traveled!

Here's to our U.S. military...and to libraries, too.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Great new review for Color of Thunder on Amazon

I received an amazing review on Amazon yesterday and I wanted to share it with you. Here it is:

Format:Kindle Edition
I don't read a lot of women's fiction, being a reader/writer of mysteries, however, when the author asked if I'd read for an honest review I said I'd put it on my TBR file--with no promises to read, finish, much less write a glowing review.

I have to say I was immediately enchanted by the author's wonderfully colorful descriptions of Jackson Mississippi. Everything from the flowering trees to the color of the windows in her preacher father's church are magical in the descriptions . And then there is the narrator, Faith, whose young life transcends from an eleven year old into, at the end, a young woman of deep personal convictions.

The book reminds me somewhat of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. Faith is the oldest of three sisters, and yes, the youngest is born sickly, but beloved and fiercely protected by her two older sisters.

There's loss, love discovered and tragedy in this book, and through it all there's triumph in the end.

I am so impressed by the writing in this book, that I have to say that I think J.C. Wing has the potential of becoming one of America's top women fiction authors, and I look forward to reading more of her wonderful stories. If you like Anne Tyler you'll love J.C. Wing.

RP Dahlke, author of the Dead Red Series, and A Dangerous Harbor on Kindle

This was left by a fellow author named RP Dahlke. Here is a link to her Amazon page if you'd like to wander over there for a  visit.

I have read all four of her books and think they are terrific.

Don't forget to visit my Amazon page as well:

Right now Amazon is selling my paperback for $17.99 which is two dollars off the original price. The Kindle version is only $3.99. 

Happy reading, everyone!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Goodreads giveaway winners and Wee Care Community Outreach program

Well, I have to say that I am pleasantly and wonderfully surprised by the final results of my goodreads book giveaway. There were 546 entries altogether! This astounds me and makes me incredibly happy.

I wanted to say congrats to the two winners, H.D. and Gary. I won't use last names because I didn't ask for permission to post their information. I sent the books off yesterday. I hope they enjoy them!

I also sent another book off yesterday. I donated it to a woman who entered my giveaway and sent me a very nice  email about my book. Her name is Savannah Lowery and she is the founder of a non profit organization called Wee Care Community Outreach, Inc. based out of Dalton, Georgia. I was intrigued by what she and her family are doing and I asked her if I might share some details about her work here on my blog. The following are excerpts from her goodreads page as well as the emails I received from her.


When I win books, after I read them I donate them to the small non profit organization which I founded. We have 3 literacy awareness programs and each book helps to promote literacy among at-risk lower income children who can not afford books as well as patients recovering from illnesses, surgeries, and injuries while they stay in the hospital. 

We accept youth-YA books for our childrens program. (We offer children free books to help promote literacy. These children are lower income and families who can not buy books)

We have a program which lends books to patients in hospitals recovering from surgery, illness, or injury. Often times patients are by themselves for long periods of time. We believe that books take patients minds off of their pain and healing. Books take their minds to creative places and allow the body to heal faster.

Lastly, we accept books for fundraising for our programs. At times other things are needed to run the programs (books shelves, stationary products, etc-BUT we do NOT pay anyone who helps with our programs, everyone volunteers their time). We use books donated for fundraising to help us with the purchase of more books, supplies, and etc. 

If you would be interested in donating, please send us a message or ship books directly to us. Books can be sent to:

Wee Care Community Outreach, Inc
C/O Dawn Lowery
2873 Wells Drive
Dalton, Georgia 30721

Our direct email is: everythingunderthemoonwv@gmail.com

Find us on facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wee-Care-Outreach-Corp/379506468796582?fref=ts

Savannah enters many book giveaways on goodreads and then donates the books she wins. I know that she asks authors to donate their own books, but book donations from anywhere are helpful. I chose to donate a copy of The Color of Thunder to Savannah after doing further research about Wee Care Community Outreach and when Alabama Skye is published, I will send her a copy of that one as well. I can't even count how many times a book has helped me. If I can be a part of that, I'm all in.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Only two more days left for the goodreads giveaway!

Just a reminder...my goodreads giveaway ends in two days! 312 readers have entered to win one of two signed paperback copies. If you're interested, enter quick!

Here's the link:

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Alabama Skye...second novel coming soon!

            I am not exactly sure when this second novel will be ready to publish but my goal is to have it out by the end of 2013. I have just completed a synopsis for the book and wanted to include it here.

When tragedy befalls Cheney McGillvray, she decides to pack up and leave her beloved home on Scotland’s Isle of Skye. She travels to the beachfront town of Kelby on Alabama's gulf coast and appears unannounced on her sister Meara's doorstep with a plan not only for her own future but also for that of her niece.
Greer, fresh out of culinary school and two months pregnant, takes the advice of her headstrong grandmother Sarah, and agrees to a partnership with her aunt. Together they transform Sarah’s beautiful old home into a proper Scottish B & B right in the heart of America’s southland.
Both women realize the time to face their pasts has arrived in the weeks before they are to open Gannon’s Glen. Cheney finds it difficult to hide the darkness of her past when she begins suffering from debilitating nightmares that bring Greer to her bedside at night and a hurricane sweeps in more than stormy weather. News of the destruction of his childhood home brings Greer’s high school sweetheart and their unresolved relationship back into town. Although they are nearly strangers separated by a forty year age gap, Cheney and Greer lean on one another as they come to terms with their lives and realize the possibilities of their futures.
Sprinkled with humor and colorful descriptions of both the Gulf Coast and that of Scotland’s Inner Hebridean Islands, Alabama Skye is a story about the strength of four generations of women who believe that when things go wrong the ones who stand by you and the ones who lift you up without flinching are the ones you call family.

I am very excited about Alabama Skye. I will keep you posted on its progress here as I get further along in the manuscript.

There is still so much going on for my first novel, The Color of Thunder. Thanks so much to those of you who have left me reviews on Amazon. Reviews are incredibly important to authors so please, if you've read the book and haven't left one, I ask you kindly to do so. You will have my eternal gratitude.

150 people have signed up to win one of two autographed paperback versions of The Color of Thunder on goodreads so far. If you haven't yet but want to, follow this link and enter. The giveaway ends on April 15th. Please enter! Tell your friends to enter!

The weekend is coming up. Hope you all have a good one!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Goodreads giveaway starts today!

Okay, it's begun! If you're interested in winning one of two autographed paperback copies of The Color of Thunder, please visit my page on goodreads.com to enter. 

Here's the link:

You can also reach it by clicking on the Enter to Win button to the right of this post here on my blog. Please enter and tell your friends to enter! Remember...I have no say at all in who wins the two copies. Goodreads runs the entire giveaway and lets me know at the end whom I need to send the books to. The giveaway runs from April 1st through April 15th.

Good luck!