Promote Your Book Party!

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Hello to everyone! I want once again to offer an opportunity for all writers who follow this blog to share information on their books. It can be very difficult to generate publicity for our writing, so I thought this little effort might help. All books may be mentioned, and there is no restriction on genre. This includes poetry and non-fiction.

To participate, simply give your name, your book, information about it, and where to purchase it in the comments section. Then please be willing to reblog and/or tweet this post. The more people that see it, the more publicity we can generate for everyone’s books.

Thank you for participating!



Celebrate and promote your writing! Shout it out to the world! Let everyone know about your work!

Feel free to promote a new or an older book!

I hope this idea is successful, and I…

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Author Interview Series: A L Kaplan

GJ Stevens posted a very nice interview of me today. Check it out.

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Today we welcome A L Kaplan, the author of Star Touched, a science fiction novel with fantasy elements.

Can you tell me a bit about yourself?

Amy adjusted smallWhile my roots are in northern New Jersey, I’ve lived in Maryland for most of my life and Ihave a wonderful and energetic dog named Laila. She’s definitely high energy and an amazing jumper. We love agility and have entered a few competitions. At our first one, I learned that yes, you can get a negative score out of a possible 200. She’s since earned an agility degree. I’m also happily married, the mother of two wonderful adult daughters, and the props manager for Toby’s Dinner Theatre of Columbia.

I write, of course, and I have a blog at, I’m also the vice president of the Maryland Writers’ Association.

How long have you been writing for?

I’ve created stories…

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Taking Control of Depression

There are some great suggestions here to combat depression.

Phoebe, MD: Poetry & Medicine

By Phoebe Chi, MD, MPH

Depression. One word that can mean so many things. For those who have lived with or currently live with depression, you know very well the effects it can have on your daily life. Depression can drain not only your physical energy, but also your hopes, motivation, enjoyment, and personal drive. You may be aware of all the steps to getting better, but you just cannot get yourself to take even the first one. If this sounds all too familiar to you, you are not alone. And there is hope.


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#HoldOnToTheLight 2018 Returns with New Posts and New Authors

Always remember to Hold Onto The Light.


The #HoldOnToTheLight blogging campaign is back for 2018 with new contributors, new posts and a broader reach than ever before!

The campaign features authors and creators blogging about the impact of mental health issues on their work/characters/lives to stand in solidarity with fans and increase fandom’s inclusion. What began within the sci-fi/fantasy community now includes authors from around the world and from a broad range of genres, including romance and horror, as well as podcasters, cosplayers and other creators.

#HoldOnToTheLight is in an effort to raise awareness around treatment for depression, suicide prevention, domestic violence intervention, PTSD initiatives, bullying prevention and other mental health-related issues. We believe fandom should be supportive, welcoming and inclusive, in the long tradition of fandom taking care of its own. We encourage readers and fans to seek the help they or their loved ones need without shame or embarrassment. 

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Meet Me At The First Friday Reading Series: YA Night Sep. 7th


Friday, September 7, 2018

7:45 PM

I’ll be reading at the First Friday Reading Series in Highlandtown with several other YA and emerging authors this Friday. The reading is part of the Art Walk in Highlandtown and sponsored by Yellow Arrow Publishing.

Come for the readings. Stay for the fun. Refreshments provided.

The venue is Dennis Moore’s Pottery Studio which has neither a sign
nor an address. It is on the corner of S. Conkling and Bank streets
and is across from Rooftop Hot (339 S. Conkling Street Baltimore, MD
21224). We will have a sandwich board out front, so you shouldn’t have
a problem finding us. There is plenty of street parking, both free and paid hourly if you arrive early.

The fun starts at 6:00 PM

My reading will be at 7:45 PM

See you Friday Night.


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Eighteen-year-old Tatiana is running from her past and her star-touched powers eight years after a meteor devastates earth’s population.

Her power to heal may be overshadowed by more destructive abilities. Fleeing the persecution of those like her, Tatiana seeks refuge in a small town she once visited. But this civil haven, in a world where society has broken down, is beginning to crumble. Will Tatiana flee or stay and fight for the new life she has built? Only by harnessing the very forces that haunt her can Tatiana save her friends…and herself.

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WOLF NOTES: An Uncommon Interview – Charles F. French

081Welcome to WOLF NOTES, where interview questions stray from the rest of the pack. It’s nice to know the usual stuff like where an author gets their inspiration and why they write, but sometimes we need a little fun in our lives.

Joining us back from my break is Mr. Charles French.

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Charles F. French is an author of speculative fiction, including horror, Gothic, and the paranormal. He holds a Ph.D. in English Literature, and devotes his working time to teaching and writing. He is the author of Maledicus: The Investigative Paranormal Society, Book 1, Gallows Hill The Investigative Paranormal Society, Book 2, and French On English A Guide to Writing Better Essays.


Wolf: If you could be any animal in the universe, what would it be and why? 

Charles: I would be an eagle, because I have felt an affinity to these creatures for a long time, which is odd because I hate flying. 

Wolf: I’m a rather nervous flier myself, but wings are cool. What is the nicest thing you’ve ever done to your characters?

Charles: In an upcoming book—the third in The Investigative Paranormal Society, one of the characters finds love and marries. He finally achieves happiness, even though relatively late in life. 

Wolf: It’s never too late to find love. What is the meanest thing you’ve ever done to your characters?

Charles: Several have been killed. 32570160

Wolf: That kind of ends things. Do you consider yourself a cat person, or a dog person? 

Charles: I consider myself an animal person, because I love both cats and dogs. I would love, however, to have a Newfoundland dog. 

Wolf: Lots of fur and drool. I wonder if you can spin Newfoundland fur like you can Malamute fur? While walking in the woods you come across… 

Charles: A very old, tree that has a door in its trunk. When I go through the door, I step into the Shire. 

Wolf: Come back and get me. I’d love to visit the Shire. If you could have a super power, what would it be?

GallowsHillFinalCoverEbookCharles: I would have the power to be in 3 places at one time, so I can get everything done! 

Wolf: That could get confusing. What story are you working on now?

Charles: I am finishing the first draft of a fantasy that has a working title of the South Dakota Story. The title will change, but it focuses on three young teenagers and their quest to save their favorite teacher.

Wolf: I like that. Teachers don’t get enough credit (or pay) these days. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Charles: I love to read, cook, hike, go to movies, teach, sit back and relax with a good cigar and a couple of fingers of good bourbon or Scotch. 

Wolf: Guess I know what you’re bringing back from the Shire. If this question were any question in the world, what question would you want it to be and how would you answer it?

Charles: I would like the question be the one first asked by George Bernard Shaw FOE_Cover_French jpgand then used by Robert Kennedy in his Presidential campaign: “Some men see things as they are, and ask why. I dream of things that never were, and ask why not?” I would like to ask the world why not and get the hopeful answer that all good things are possible.

Wolf: Connect with Charles French through these links: 

Social Media Links:
# French_C1955 (Twitter)



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An Underground Library Society Guest Post by A.L. Kaplan

I had the pleasure of having a guest post with the Underground Library Society this week. Take a look. What book would you choose to become?

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I want to thank A. L. Kaplan for participating in my call for readers and writers to become members of the U.L.S.–The Underground Library Society.

Please visit her wonderful site: alkaplan expression through writing

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A. L. Kaplan

I’ve been going back and forth on which book I would choose to become. Two of my favorite books growing up were Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George, and Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell. Both are about young girls forced to survive on their own. They also both find themselves in their situations because of people not native to their homes.

Miyax, also called Julie, is a 13-year-old Eskimo girl. Forced to marry another teen, she runs away and finds herself lost in the Alaskan wilderness. Through observation and the knowledge learned from her father, learns how to join a wolf pack.

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