Equine Affair at Ohio Expo Center

This author will be spending Saturday 10am to 7pm at the Equine Affair, in Columbus, Ohio signing books at Life’s Little Adventures Farm Rescue’s booth. Profits from book sales will be donated to the horse rescue.Building, booth location, and more to come on this blog in a following post.
I am hoping to have Backyard Horse Tales 3: “Don’t Call Me Love” ready to go along with “SOX 2nd Edition and Frosty and the Nightstalker. Love’s tale will be the first BYHT from Half Appy Press. There are more illustrated chapter books to come including a sequel to Sox and Emma’s story.

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In an effort to engage more readers and book clubs HAP will wave shipping on orders over $30. dont-call-me-love-new-typeface-4
http://www.halfappypress.net
Friends and fans frequently ask me how I came up with Half Appy Press. The simple truth is we needed a name that was not already taken. After several false starts, names that had already been taken, I came up with one that my research didn’t turn up. I registered it with the State of Ohio. They checked it and issued a certificate for DBA. Okay, the name is a composite. Half belongs to my Haflinger filly, the Appy resides with all my beloved Appaloosas, and the Press is the printing process. Sandy Shipley designed the logo.
I am always available for speaking engagements, events, and book signings. Use the contact tab of the Half Appy Press website listed in the above paragraph to inquire about dates or just to chat.

Facebook Update:
Facebook pages have been cut in half. Authors are manning the Half Appy Press page at
https://www.facebook.com/halfappy.press stop by and take a look. In response to fan requests we have reinstated and updated the Backyard Horse Tales page. Stop by and give the horses a like.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Backyard-Horse-Tales/190283981002767

Twitter: http://twitter.com/backyardhorse

Jackie Anton

http://talesbyjackie.com
http://mkt.com/jackie-anton
https://jackieanton.com/
http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/jackie-anton.html

Cleveland connections round two…..

This update on the Cleveland and Northeastern Ohio connection conundrum in regards to locations in my published works is a few months later than anticipated. The marketing idea kept rolling around in the back of my overtaxed brain while my life spiraled out of control.

Our grandchildren stayed with us this past summer. Now both their mom and her sister have passed their fortieth birthdays. It has been a few decades since my husband and I have had to ferry kids to tennis, ballgames, or other commitments. By the time they returned to Houston for school we were a bit ragged and frayed around the edges. I was slipping farther behind my writing and marketing goals.

Early September I was informed by the administrator of the Parma Snow Road Library that my books, “Wind River Refuge” and “Cassandra:Night Shades” had been selected for the Indie Author Conference and Showcase on Saturday November 12, 2016. I had to decide how to handle the local aspect of my work to attract the folks browsing those of us participating in the showcase during the afternoon.

Two weeks prior to the event I found on Shutterstock what I thought would fit the bill, and purchased a large size of the selected background page for the following 6 feet tall banner.

follow-our-heroinesCanva allowed me to upload the Cleveland background and overlay my cover images. The text selections on Canva worked well for adding a blurb at the top.

Well the results proved successful, and I now have both books in new reader’s hands. A good start for attracting Holiday book buyers.

Another update on the Cassandra front: the new laminated hardcover proof arrived on the day before the Showcase. I will okay the proof on Monday, and hope to have have it in time for some of the Christmas shoppers.

Update you soon on special package deals.

 

Thanks for visiting.

Jackie Anton

Author website:http://talesbyjackie.com
J.Anton’s autographed books: http://mkt.com/jackie-anton
Autographs for online purchases and e-books:
http://www.authorgraph.com/authors/backyardhorse
Independent Authors Network Author Page:
http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/jackie-anton.html

Ella’s Twisted Senior Year by Amy Sparling…Book Blitz

Ella's Twisted Senior Year bannerWelcome to my stop during the book blitz for Ella’s Twisted Senior Year by Amy Sparling.

This book blitz is organized by Lola’s Blog Tours. The book blitz runs from 31 May till 6 June, you can view the complete blitz schedule on the website of Lola’s Blog Tours: http://www.lolasblogtours.net/book-blitz-ellas-twisted-senior-year-by-amy-sparling

Ella's Twisted Senior Year

Ella’s Twisted Senior Year

By Amy Sparling

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Age category: Young Adult

Release Date: May 31, 2016

 

Blurb:

Having spent most of her senior year flying under the radar, the last thing Ella Lockhart expected was to have a tornado rip straight through her house, leaving her homeless. It’s bad enough that the whole school now pities her, but did her parents have to let the neighbors take them in?

Now she’s sharing a house with Ethan Poe, her former best friend-turned-enemy. All those feelings she used to have for him are starting to rain down on her again. Too bad he’s a jerk and his new girlfriend has territorial issues. Thanks to Mother Nature, Ella’s house and her entire life have been turned upside down.

Ethan isn’t quite sure why Ella hates him so much, but he does know she wants nothing to do with him. He’s never quite gotten over the crush he had on her as a kid, and now that she’s living across the hall, it’s hard to stay away. His girlfriend isn’t helping the situation and when she shows her true colors, he doesn’t want to date her anymore. He wants to date someone like Ella. Too bad she hates him.

 

Amy author buttonExcerpts from Ella’s Twisted Senior Year:

Excerpt 1:

I look up and find the source of the stench came from the boy’s locker room. Ugh. I try to hold my breath as they file past, mostly ignoring the coach’s demands to pick a spot on the wall and sit down.

People shuffle in and around, talking and sharing images of the tornado that have already hit social media.

I bring my knees up and rest my hands on them, blowing out air to get my hair out of my face. I don’t exactly have a ton of friends at West Canyon High School and the ones I do have aren’t here.

A black and red Nike shoe steps on my purple chucks.

“Hey, sorry,” some guy says from way above me.

I look up and my sarcastic reply lodges in my throat. Ethan Poe stares back at me, his expression probably a mirror of my own. I mean how else do you look at someone who was you best friend until eighth grade and then became your sudden and absolute enemy?

Of course, I had the stupid crush on him, so maybe he’s not looking the same way that I am. Maybe his surprise is just that, not ten kinds of other emotions all rolled into one.

Like, we used to be best friends.

And, damn he got hot.

So hot.

“Ella, hi,” he says. His jaw muscles flex into what I guess is supposed to be a smile. “I didn’t mean to step on you, sorry.”

I shake my head to clear it of thoughts about his cuteness and the size of his biceps that pop out of his PE-issued tank top like they’re trophies on the display case. I fake a casual shrug. “No worries.”

He turns and kicks someone’s backpack away from me, sliding it down the hallway. “Mind if I sit here?” he asks, but he sinks down to the floor before I answer.

He smells like sweat and cinnamon and I hate that it’s kind of sexy. Ethan’s dark hair matches his eyes, in that both are perfect. He’s always smelled like cinnamon due to his obsession with Big Red gum.

I draw in a deep breath and look at my phone in my lap. April hasn’t texted back, but I can sure as hell pretend that I’m busy talking to someone.

Ethan nudges my shoulder with his elbow. “So what’s been up?”

I glance over and he grins, showing a set of perfectly aligned teeth that are so different from the crooked seventh grade smile he used to give me all the time. His skin has cleared up, his jawline filled out. He’s about twenty feet taller and although I pretend he doesn’t exist ever since the Embarrassing Nightmare in the Summer Before Eighth Grade, I know as well as everyone else that Ethan Poe is a popular jock now.

He’s not the same kid who was my best friend next door, the guy I crushed on like a maniac and the only one who knew all of my secrets.

As he stares at me, waiting for an answer to his simple question, I realize he doesn’t want to know any of that. He doesn’t care that my life fell apart after he had his friend tell me he thought I was a creepy stalker. He’d probably laugh if he knew how hard it was for me to make new friends in eighth grade when I’d spent my childhood only caring about him.

“Things are fine,” I say through a tight lipped smile.

 

Excerpt 2:

The rec room has also been through a renovation since I was last over here. There’s brand new brown leather couches behind a gorgeous blue and gray rug that’s so fluffy, I want to kick off my shoes and walk across it. There’s still a foosball table and Mr. Poe’s old Pacman arcade game in the corner. The TV has been replaced with a flat screen that’s mounted on the wall and it’s at least as long as I am tall. The other side of the room has the door to the small bathroom and the floor is covered in rubber mats instead of carpet. Various weight lifting equipment fills that corner, making Ethan’s own personal gym.

I imagine he must use the weights a lot, because a chest as filled out as his doesn’t just happen without dedication. Heat rushes to my cheeks. Will he be working out while I’m crashing in here?

“Here we are,” Ethan says, rising up from the mini fridge in the corner of the room. Above the fridge is his dad’s treasure: a framed Dallas Cowboy’s jersey signed by Troy Aikman.

Ethan holds up a bottle of vodka and two shot glasses. “Get over here,” he says, setting the glasses on a nearby end table. “Let’s toast to how freaking awkward this is.”

I walk over but I don’t reach for the shot glass. I give him a pointed look, stalling for time while my brain tries to figure out what’s happening here. “So you’re a drinker now?”

He throws his head back and downs the shot. “Nope. Not really.”

“Kind of seems like it,” I say with a snort as he pours himself another one.

He holds the other glass out to me. “You gonna let me drink alone?”

“I’m thinking about it,” I say, lifting the glass and holding it up eye level. “This is totally illegal, Ethan Poe.”

He shrugs. “I’ll be eighteen in two months.”

I down the shot in one gulp. “Still not legal.”

Ugh, the vodka burns my throat and stings my eyes. I try to act like it doesn’t affect me.

Ethan grins. “It’s legal in Europe.”

I shove my glass out to him, motioning for a refill. This stuff is gross but if it takes off the edge of being around my enemy, then I guess I’ll have to down another shot. “We’re not in Europe.”

“Ah, you’re just as snarky as I remember.” He takes my hand, holding the glass to keep it steady while he pours another shot. The feeling of his fingers over mine sends a jolt through my body that’s stronger than anything in his bottle of vodka. How is it possible to hate someone so much, yet still want them to like you?

You can find Ella’s Twisted Senior Year on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29910777-ella-s-twisted-senior-year

You can buy Ella’s Twisted Senior Year here:

– Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Ellas-Twisted-Senior-Year-Sparling-ebook/dp/B01F232CP0

– Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01F232CP0

– Amazon Australia: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B01F232CP0

Life’s Little Adventures Farm and its mission..

www. lifeslittleadventuresfarm.orghttp://www.lifeslittleadventuresfarm.org

Life’s Little Adventure’s Farm is a place where all children, especially those who are hurting, can visit the farm, have fun and be ministered to as well. They rescue horses and other animals, which they use to help children with physical and emotional healing. In turn, providing healing for hurting families. The farm has many out reach programs including those for military families.

A Bit of Farm History:

The farm first opened in June of 2002. Since then, there have been over 3000 families come through the farm, and over 1000 families and children come in for more intensive Equine Assisted Programs. The farms ponies have also made many appearances st Vacation Bible Schools, parades, churches, civic organizations, and family festivals throughout the state oh Ohio.

More information on the farm follow the link to their web page. http://www.lifeslittleadventuresfarm.org.

Profits from the books listed below benefit the horse rescue and outreach programs at the farm. Please note only direct sales from the two listed sites will result in donations, and are mailed direct to U. S. Postal Addresses.

Square Market Place: http://mkt.com/jackie-anton/
Publisher Website: http://www.halfappypress.net/

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Local Author Expo 2016

A few changes to the Medina Library’s Local Author Expo for this year.
The day kicks off with a Writers Series Workshop followed by an afternoon of local authors greeting folks and signing books purchased.

LocalAuthorExpoI will be set up in the lobby this year and featuring two adult books. The March 21st new release of Cassandra: Night Shades” will be front and center. “Wind River Refuge” the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards winner will be keeping Cassandra company.

Rounding out my books for the day will be the Young Adult to Adult book “Uncharted Storms: Short Stories of Hearts at risk.”
The profits of three books offered at the Authors Expo will benefit Life’s Little Adventures Farm horse rescue and teens at risk program.

Backyard Horse Tales: Sox and Frosty and the Nightstalker paperbacks are also apart of the direct sales donation effort by this author to support the horse rescue.

The five books available at the author’s square market or through the publisher website bookstore will help the horse rescue and teen’s at risk efforts of this great nonprofit organization. So, if you can’t make the Author Expo or one of my other book signings you can still help the cause by ordering books at the sites below, and have them delivered by the U.S. Post Office.

Square Market Place: http://mkt.com/jackie-anton/
Publisher Website: http://www.halfappypress.net/

Stay tuned to this blog for more information and links to the horse rescue and teens at risk beginning on May 1. 2016.

Sox is chasing Cassandra….

Sox isn’t happy about sharing his birthday with Cassandra.

Jackie’s bout of March Madness has him feeling neglected and grumpy.

Sox cover with seal MCA 1Free E-book & huge savings on print edition.

“Backyard Horse Tales: Sox 2nd Edition” had it’s fourth birthday in March. This family friendly award winning tale is for readers age 8 and up. It is also suitable for parents to read to younger children. The coupon code is YL28F and has been extended until April 30th of 2016.
E-Book: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/569088

“Cassandra: Night Shades” is the adult 18+ read for April. The introductory prices on this new release will also expire on April 30, 2016.
E-Book: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/607837

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A share from Author Interviews on Smashwords. http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jackieanton

The characters and story of Casey and JD in “Cassandra: Night Shades” had been created for a totally different timeline. They sat locked in my files for nearly a decade before the characters demanded to brought into the light and underwent a contemporary makeover. Folks from Cleveland’s western suburbs will recognize the setting for Casey’s formative years. Cassandra was released March 21, 2016 and will remain at the pre-order through April 30th. The introduction period will also apply to paperbacks ordered directly from the author or publisher.
Janton’s Square Market Place: http://mkt.com/jackie-anton/
Publisher Website with book store: http://www.halfappypress.net/

BYHT 3 is in final revisions and has been contracted for the print edition. April update: Love’s tale will be read and critiqued by a group of writers at the Medina Writer’s Club on the last Saturday in May. While we await the results of my fellow authors “Don’t Call me Love” will travel to the editorial desk of the publisher for a final edit prior to print submission.
I’m working on a new series, but the title of the first book is under wraps for now, however there is a clue in the short story “A Tumble in the Snow” included in “Uncharted Storms: Stories of Hearts at Risk.” https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/419516

Look for more updates soon, including special events and book signings.
Thanks for visiting this blog. I hope you enjoy the new addition of Lola’s blog tours to this site.

Jackie Anton 2015author photo  2Author Links:

Website: http://talesbyjackie.com/

Authors Page at Independent Author’s Network:

http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/jackie-anton.html

Twitter: https://twitter.com/backyardhorse

Google Plus:
https://plus.google.com/106598329845825588688

Facebook BYHT Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Backyard-Horse-Tales/190283981002767

Pinterest http://pinterest.com/jackieanton/
http://www.authorsden.com/jackieanton

Authors Den http://www.authorsden.com/jackieanton
Online Autographs: http://www.authorgraph.com/authors/backyardhorse

March Madness on the marketing front….

Marketing step #1: Design a cover photo for the new Facebook entity Half Appy Press.

Untitled designStep 2: Develop a post.

Step 3: Invite friends from my profile, as Jackie, to friend HAP’s Page. Not as easy as you may think. I get oodles of requests to friend or like a page daily, and often finding the time to look at all the requests get a bit overwhelming. That said the friends are trickling in.

Step 4: Promote: Half Appy Press FB: https://www.facebook.com/halfappy.press tweet it, and post the link on my Facebook profile. This all happened yesterday while I was working on building a new website for HAP. The announcement of the website provided my second post for Facebook.

 

Half Appy Press was set up as a DBA to make a home for my adult novels written as J.M. Anton.
I was really tired of paying other POD publishers huge bucks to layout and print my books. I have always had a problem relinquishing control over my creative process and was rarely satisfied with the results.

As a member of IBPA I researched until I found Ingram Spark, and the rest is now recent history.
The learning curve was huge. Missteps were more than a few, but I’m getting a handle on it.

Half Appy Press has published three of J.M.’s adult works: two novellas in the “Troubles in Love-Land Series,” and the soon to be released novel Cassandra: Night Shades.

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Cassandra goes on tour March 14th

Cassandra is to be released as an e-book and paperback March 21st, and is currently on pre-order status at Smashwords and Jackie’s Square Market. To access pre-orders click on the Independent Author Network button at the right of this blog page to go to my IAN page with purchase links. Please note that Cassandra only has an e-book pre-order button, at this time. However, click on the Jackie Anton button at any of the other book offerings to access the Square Market. Or you can click on the HAP website to make your purchase.

Two new offerings published at HAP are helpful journals for writers and those trying to downsize their wardrobe. The journals were created by Jackie Anton. She is also working on a coloring and activity book to be released this summer.

http://www.halfappypress.net

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Book Clubs, and Retailers can use the contact page at the Half Appy Press website to receive large order quotes and drop shipments.

Due to the March Madness, I haven’t e-mailed the Book of the Month Club Members, yet.
No worries March’s book of the month will carry through to the 30th of April.

As always, thank you for visiting “Writing for readers in a .com world.”

Best Wishes,

Jackie Anton

http://talesbyjackie.com

http://mkt.com/jackie-anton

http://www.authorgraph.com/authors/backyardhorse

http://www.independentauthornetwork.com/jackie-anton.html

 

 

 

 

Sox’s Backyard Tale is four ….

Author Jackie Anton first released Backyard Horse Tales Sox 2nd Edition March of 2012.

Feedback at book signing events these past four years has been exciting. Youngsters and adults alike seem to love Sox and Emma’s friendship as they travel down life’s bumpy road. Sox tale was written for readers eight and older. However, parents and grandparents have shared that they read this tale to younger preschool children who follow along viewing the illustrations.

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Celebrate this anniversary with Jackie, Sox, Emma, and their friends by passing the word that Sox’s e-book is free on Smashwords during the month of March. Use this code YL28F at checkout, and then pick your download.
Direct link for Sox’s e-book: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/569088

Sox and Emma grow up in BYHT Sox 2nd Edition’s award winning tale, and readers can order or gift the March Book of the Month print version at huge savings. Print books can be purchased at the author’s secure Square Marketplace and delivered to postal mail boxes in the U.S. http://mkt.com/jackie-anton/

Jackie has some fun and surprises in store for her Backyard Horse Tales readers and fans. A Backyard Horse Coloring book is nearly complete. The coloring and activity book for all ages is slated to kick off at the Valley Tack Shop’s Annual Midnight Sale on Friday April 1st. Backyard Horse Tales 3: “Don’t Call Me Love” is in the final stages of editing and revision.

Sox and Emma are back! Sox and Emma return in a sequel to their original tale. More about this will be posted on this site soon.

Please take a moment to give Sox a star rating and wish him a Happy Birthday or Happy Anniversary.
March 24th was the real Sox’s date of birth, and he was the inspiration for the book that shares his name.

 

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Synopsis:

Sox finds himself in an alien world the night he is born. His mother is there with him and he quickly adapts. His Mom answers all his questions about his new environment. She explains things, and reassures him. Everything is a new experience for Sox.
Little Emma is his best friend.
Emma is living with her grandmother until her mother returns home from deployment Not used to living in a rural area she is very lonely and feels like a duck out of water. Little Sox brightens up her world and a life long bond is formed.

Excerpts of Emma’s diary will helps us to understand a very special relationship as Sox grows from a foal to a colt and eventually a gelding. As time goes by, both horse and child have much to learn and share with the other. Growing up is not always easy…
Despite the odds, both Sox and Emma dare to be different and eventually overcome their challenges.

Author Links:

Website: http://talesbyjackie.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/backyardhorse

Google Plus:
https://plus.google.com/106598329845825588688

Facebook BYHT Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Backyard-Horse-Tales/190283981002767

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jackieanton/
Authors Den: http://www.authorsden.com/jackieanton
Online Autographs: http://www.authorgraph.com/authors/backyardhorse

 

Marketing 2016 style….

There are times writing and marketing are not at all compatible. Four years in the making “Cassandra: Night Shades went to Smashwords for pre-orders last week with a release date of March 21, 2016. The PDF for Cassandra is ready to go and waiting for my cover designer’s input.Write.

Marketing 2016 style includes a new Author Page at the Independent Authors Network, which took a bit of time to compile all the information on six books. Mission accomplished, and the site looks great. Also needed to update my Smashwords profile including the interview. Author’s Den too needed updated. Not a new word written during these projects.

Okay, time to narrow down to the best social media sites and let the others pass into the void. This writing blog is a companion for my author website, so I added the INA Author Page badge. I also added the same badge to A to Z Reviews, which is the blog where I host other authors’ blog tours and review some of their books. That makes three sites to maintain and keep current. Four counting Author’s Den, and then there is Twitter which is a definite keeper. Twitter followers and my time spent has mushroomed with the tweets from INA and my own tweets and retweets.

The Facebook dilemma is constant. It takes way too much time for minimal feedback, but it is the only contact with some old friends. I guess you could say my profile page has replaced the letters my mom’s generation used to send to friends. Backyard Horse Tales Facebook Fan Page was started in 2010, and I try to keep it entertaining. Content and language on the page are family friendly. J.M. Anton FB Page is the Adult Fan Page set up for readers 18+ where my adult novels appear as well as posts of adult reads from A to Z Reviews and other sites. Pretty much anything goes on that site. Okay, if I keep these three the count is up to eight sites to update and maintain.

December of 2015 was spent updating my blogs and their mailing lists for the 2016 addition to my newsletter which will include the Book of the Month Club. I announced Book of the Month Club on this blog, after the new year was nearly a week old. That blog was a bit behind.

I was stalling on updating my website and finally decided to change it completely. My IAN Author Page covers much of the old content on my website, so I decided to rebuild it. Inspiration!
Make it fun. Tales by Jackie 2016 style went up at http://talesbyjackie.com on January 18th.

Time to take a deep breath, and pull up my Scrivener files on Backyard Horse Tales 3. The application was damaged and refused to open. Language that I can’t repeat here, and more time spent, not to mention money, to replace it. None of the old files would open in the new version of the program. However, each file could be updated individually to the new version of Scrivener.
More writing time lost.

Changing hats tomorrow and finishing BYHT 3 “Don’t Call Me Love.”

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Take a moment to look at my INA Author Page and my new website. Comment about either or both on any blog on this site.
Links to all my sites are listed on the right of this page.
Thanks for visiting.

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