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

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Jackie Anton

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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.
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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.

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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.

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Emma’s unique path to conquering dyslexia

Step one: At her grandmothers direction, Emma begins to keep a diary. A tough task when words scramble on a page.
Step two: Read allowed. Find an ear not as intimidating as Grandma or her tutors.
Step three: Thinking outside the box.
Dyslexia is a tough learning disability to overcome. Things have come a long way since this author was a child. The early detection and intervention of specialized educators have lessened the stigma once attached to this disorder. Unfortunately, those who enjoy the, not so subtle, act of bullying have not. Now they can spew their meanness in cyberspace. Is it any wonder that children who are a bit different become recluse and antisocial?
Emma finds a special friend who turns the page for her. Excerpts from her diary will help  young readers to understand a very special relationship.
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!
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 when he wonders why his one leg isn’t the same as the other.  Sox decides early on little Emma is his best friend. She is living with her grandmother until her mother returns home from deployment. Emma isn’t used to living in a rural area, she is very lonely.  Little Sox brightens up her world and a life long bond is formed.
Sox and Emma’s tale made a Smashword depute last week. The 2015 E-book version of Backyard Horse Tales: Sox 2nd Edition is available for all e-readers and in PDF for your computer or tablets.
Do you know a child who could use an uplifting story? Take a look at Sox and Emma’s adventures. Here is Sox’s direct link: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/569088
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What is New with Author Anton for 2015?

This is the year to shake things up a bit. This writing blog will be undergoing a content change: More book updates, excerpts, and short stories. Old favorites like Bella’s Journal, Buddy’s Blog, and occasional items of interest to my faithful followers will still be part of this blog. Author Interviews will be handled on the A to Z Review Blog along with Author Blog Tours.

The new look and content on this blog will be an extension of my website http://talesbyjackie.com, which will also be getting a facelift for 2015. This blog will be easier to update and interact with my fan base. My news letter will be posted here, fans can e-mail me at talesbyjackie@yahoo.com.

A New Publishing Adventure for 2015.
Uncharted Storms is in the print process with Progressive Rising Phoenix Press, and a print proof is on its way to me as I post this. Some problems have popped up with compiling the six short stories. It seems that several stories in one book are harder to layout than a single novel, or illustrated chapter books. I mean who knew? Not me for sure.
There is always a learning curve with a new publisher. I am a hands on kind of person and a bit of a control freak, but the folks at PRPP have been patient and very helpful. Stay tuned for the release date of the paperback.
I am working on a book trailer for Uncharted Storms, and it will air here soon.

Uncharted Storm FINAL

 

 

 

 

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A Rewrite for Fateful Waters.
“Fateful Waters” was released in 2012 as an e-book and later that year as a paperback. It was my first adult novel published. It is getting a facelift and some new content. Watch   this blog for release of the new free e-book and the plans for the print book.

 

 

cassandra FINAL copyCassandra: Night Shades will be a pre-order on Smashwords.

Cassandra has been over two years in rewrites since it was my 2012 NaNoWriMo project winner. Cassandra is with the final editor and proofreader. It is in the hands of several beta readers. More on this release and pre-order information in a few weeks. Here is the book trailer link. http://youtu.be/_kF_zqq0Uus

In the works for 2015.
“Backyard Horse Tales 3: Don’t Call Me Love” is slated for release in 2015. For those who have been waiting the release of Love’s completed tale and read the prelude, as you know this filly can be unpredictable. She decided that she wanted her story to depart from the two previous books in the series. So the little stinker got herself horsenapped in an effort to top Sox and Frosty’s tales. Is it any wonder this author’s hair is gray?

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The cover and interior illustrations for Love’s tale are again the work of Sandy Shipley who did such a fantastic job on “Frosty and the Nightstalker.

 

 

 

Sandy is also working on a concept for a new trilogy. The working title for my 2014 NaNoWriMo winner was Annie O Book 1. Annie’s story begins in 1980 Cleveland. Take a sneak peak at Annie O by reading a “Tumble in the Snow” one of the short stories in Uncharted Storms. The e-book is reduced until 1/25/15 as part of the contest to win the print version. (see the previous post on this blog for the entry form and details. Go to this Smashwords link: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jackieanton click on the Uncharted Storms title, at checkout enter coupon code YN42D, then pick your download.

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Next blog: Marketing 2015 Style.

 

 

Book Trailers vs Teasers

A winter clip taken on the last lake effect snow that hit parts of Ohio’s snow belt and buried parts of the Buffalo area.

IMG_0526      This clip along with flood scenes and video clips of storm clouds are the visuals for the teaser that I am creating for the print release of “Uncharted Storms.”

The first interior draft of the book was presented to me by my new publisher last week and scheduled for release after the first of the year. Most of the elements for the visual part of the video are complete. My youngest daughter took some awesome footage of the clouds from the vantage point of a plane. Waiting to see what my nephew comes up with. I wanted some snow footage of city streets at night. He is the only one of us who lives in the city near Lake Erie.

      Okay, so now do I shoot for a book teaser, or a book trailer? Trailers are more complex and can run upwards from two to six minutes. I did a lot of research and watched oodles of book trailers before working with the producer of the trailer for “Fateful Waters.” We whittled it down quite a bit before it sang to me.

What I wanted to avoid was boring music and the attempt to tell the story on Youtube, which appeared to be major pitfalls to many of the trailers that I researched. After three minutes, I began to wonder if this was going to end soon. After five minutes, I had lost interest.
My attention span is a bit longer than the average video browser. If it couldn’t keep my interest why could a potential book reader be expected to sit through it? Worst of all the trailers that go on and on gave me the idea that the author probably wrote the same way, which isn’t necessarily true, but it is perception.

Being a hands on type I decided to try a short trailer for “Backyard Horse Tales: Sox 2nd Edition.” That went pretty well it is less than a minute and catchy. Will my target readers, animal lovers and horsemen ages eight and up, find it interesting enough to find out more about the book? (Sox’s Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/ZDGRfxDzOvs )
I liked the addition of the video clips in the Sox’s little trailer. So my youngest daughter helped me put together short teasers for books that were still in the works. The program on her laptop is much better than my older version. We added more video clips to the Wind River Refuge. It took several uploads to get this one.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ig3jvBzFKsE
The bugs out of the way and our learning curve improved, we created a teaser for “Cassandra: Night Shades.”

Back to the issue with Uncharted Storms. The collection of short stories was published as an e-book March of 2014, which calls for more of a trailer, but the new paperback has a bonus short story added and the teaser aspect comes into it. Also under consideration is a suggestion from a fellow author that adding a voice over is advisable. Back to research. I found some that were okay and others where the voice over was annoying.
At this point, you are probably asking yourself is it worth the time and effort to create a book video whether it is a teaser or a trailer? I honestly don’t know, but it is a marketing stone that can’t be left unturned. We learn as we go, and I will keep plugging away at it. Perhaps investing in a new software program will help me out.

OMG! More research.

  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Smashwords E-Book Summer/Winter Sale Promotion! July 1 – 31, 2014

Follow this link https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jackieanton to find all my e-books on sale.

CLICK ON THE TITLE AND GO TO THE BOOK PURCHASE PAGE THEN ENTER THE CODE GIVEN THERE AT CHECKOUT. PICK YOUR DOWNLOAD AND ENJOY THE READ.

Uncharted Storm FINALUncharted Storms is Free.

Weather is our constant companion, and when it behaves like a benevolent parent we pay little attention to it. Angry or out of control it becomes terrifying and can change the landscape as well as lives. So I asked my characters to take a ride on the wild side ofweather. “Uncharted Storms” takes readers on a journey from a gentle summer rain to raging storms in the cosmos. (YA – Adult)

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  Backyard Horse Tales 2: Frosty and the Nightstalker 50% off

 This multiple award-winning tale is just the ticket for traveling or a rainy day journey through history. Mom’s Choice Award winner in Juvenile Historical Fiction (9-12). A good adult read too!

Frosty is an Appaloosa colt who undergoes a life-changing experience. Is he only having bad dreams, or is his strange haunting a result of the collective memories of Appaloosas from a long ago past? Follow Frosty through the twilight between space and time where you will meet the Nightstalker.

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Preview of Backyard Horse Tales: Sox is Free.

This e-book preview is Free on Smashwords only, on a day to day basis. Sox’s second edition won the MCA for Family Friendly Media. Written for readers age 8 and up. Sox’s oldest fan is a young 93 years old. Parents and Grandparents tell me they read this tale to pre-school children who follow along with the illustrations. The first four chapters of Sox and Emma’s friendship, adventures, challenges, and triumphs are presented in this preview.

Adult E-books:
Wind River Refuge at 50% thru July
Fateful Waters is also at a 50% Reduction

Adult books are featured on my A to Z Reviews Blog. The link is on the right of this page.

 

E-Book Bargains

Only three days left to load up your e-readers!

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Free & Hugely Discounted Books

Stop by my Smashwords Page before midnight (pacific time) on March 8, to select one of my books. Two are free, and the two newest releases are hugely reduced for Read an E-Book Week. Read excerpts and choose your E-book here:  http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jackieanton

Author’s Note: The Prelude to BYHT3 is a first draft of Love’s tale. This will be your last chance to get the first four chapters free. The prelude will be pulled March 15, 2014 in preparation of the release of the completed tale: “Don’t Call Me Love.” Here is a peek at the cover created by illustrator Sandy Shipley.

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Location of the Smashwords promotional catalog with thousands of free and reduced e-books.  https://www.smashwords.com/books/category/1/newest/1

Hot Cocoa and A Good Book…

 

            What better way to ward of the Artic Chill of the 2014 New Year?

             Today I received the promotional proof of the front and back covers for my soon to be released adult thriller “Wind River Refuge.” The unveiling of the covers for the paperback is at the end of this post.

            The bone chilling winter blast has provided me with an opportunity to catch up and expand my social media efforts. One new expansion is to my Author Den. www.authorsden.com/jackieanton   Visitors and fans can now read short stories and blogs that I post at the site. There is also a new signed copy book store where print editions can be purchased at a discounted price. U.S. residents will have their autographed copy shipped directly to their mailing address.

             Those not U.S. residents, or prefer e-books are able to request a dedicated, autographed cover of the book of their choice from Online Autographs: http://www.authorgraph.com/authors/backyardhorse My family friendly award winning “Backyard Horse Tales” books are at both of the above sites, along with my adult novels.

             I took some time away from writing, editing, and revising a few days ago and completed the author interview on Smashwords. The link to the interview is included in the following list. Take a look while you read the synopsis of Wind River Refuge, or one of my other books. Add any questions you would like answered on my email. I will do my best to answer them in a timely manner.

Connect with Jackie Anton in 2014:

Smashwords Interview: https://www.smashwords.com/interview/jackieanton

Smashwords profile page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jackieanton

Email: talesbyjackie@gmail.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/backyardhorse

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

FB adult novel fan page: http://www.facebook.com/authorjmanton?ref=hl

Author Website: http://talesbyjackie.com

            Stay warm my friends enjoy your hot brew of choice and one of my books.

         As promised, the first look at my soon to be released paperback.

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Sox shares a Holiday Tale…

Howdy Everyone,

         I was chosen to share a few of my memorable Christmases with you. My name is Sox, and this is my Holiday Tale.

         Christmas at the boarding stable was different from the same holiday at home. It was my third Christmas there, but Santa still found me every year. He brought me a new winter blanket, and he filled the new fuzzy red stocking that hung on my stall door.

         I was a little worried that he might have put my name on the naughty list, and it would remain empty. Last year one of the stable hands just rolled my door over while he emptied and cleaned my water bucket. In a flash, I used my muzzle to roll open the door and snatch my stocking! It was mostly empty by then, and I pretty much shredded it trying to get at the last of my goodies.

Sox Christmas 2013         My Christmas stocking was always filled with carrots, dried apple slices, and peppermints. My treats lasted for a couple of weeks, only because Katie miserly doled out only one or two per day. Mom was stalled next to me,

         “I noticed that Emma is not as stingy with your ration of treats,” I complained. Don’t you know, Mom caught me tearing up my stocking!

         “Sox! How is Santa going to fill that next year when you trashed it?” I tried to hide the evidence under the bedding in the back of my stall, but Katie found it.

         Great! Then I had to listen to another lecture. You are going to have to be very good the remainder of the year, Sox. It is the only way to get off of the bad boy list so Santa doesn’t pass you by next Christmas.

 

         I guess that I was a good boy the rest of that year. My new fuzzy stocking was larger than the old one, and it was stuffed with more goodies. One other Christmas Season that has etched its self into my mind is the year that we headed south.

         I was prepared to spend another winter at the boarding stable, and it looked like Mack was going to accompany me.

         My first clue that something was different was when I heard Buddy’s excited bark. It was the same sound he made when Katie let him travel to the shows with the rest of us. The second clue came when Slim turned the wrong way out of the drive. Our winter boarding stable was in the other direction.

         “Where do you think we are going, Mack?”

         “I quit worryin’ ‘bout where I was goin’ a long time ago, Sox. Ain’t like we got a choice. F’rinstance, I went to a reinin’ show with some a mah buddies from mah ol’ home, and ended comin’ back here with lil’ Patty,”

         “Don’t you like it here?” I thought maybe he was homesick. I knew I would be.

         “Shucks, the grass is good eatin’, and I do like Patty. But y’all sure have cold weather ‘round here.”

         “Oh, this is just the beginning. It will get way colder and snow a heck of a lot more before winter is over,” I laughed.   Mack didn’t reply. He just groaned, rolled his eyes, and then busied himself with browsing through his hay bag.

         Most of my travels had been confined to Ohio and neighboring states. This time we traveled all the way across the Ohio River, through Kentucky and Tennessee, with their steep roads that wound through mountains. It was such a relief to hit the long flat stretch of road through Georgia and into Florida.

         Our first night on that trek was spent with some horse friends in Tennessee. Our winter blankets were shed the next morning. By the time we stopped for the second night, we were traveling with our windows down. Florida was a strange and different world!

         Heavy snow and ice pellets had made it a slow start from home, and here it felt like summer! How could that be? Cold breezes from the Great Lakes were replaced by soft, warm, winds from the Atlantic Ocean that sometimes lifted our damp manes. From our temporary home we could smell oranges. A local horse, we met, told us that what we smelled was really just the aroma of the orange blossoms. Florida had some strange looking trees that Katie called palms. People there decorated them with Christmas lights, just like our humans did to the pine trees back in Ohio.

         Santa found us in Florida! Imagine that! Our usual stockings with dried apples, carrots, and peppermints were hung on our stall fronts. The Christmas stocking was a huge comfort to me. I was a bit home- sick.

         It surprised me when Mack said, “ Reckon I ain’t never had a Christmas stockin’ before!”

         “Seriously? I always thought all horses got Christmas stockings! Don’t they have Christmas where you came from?”

         “Maybe? But we never got us stockin’s on our stalls.“

         The following year Mack’s ears perked up, and his eyes twinkled at the sight of his Christmas stocking.

 

         I hope you liked my Christmas memories. Parts are excerpts from my book. “Backyard Horse Tales: Sox 2nd Edition.”

Happy Holidays!

From all of us Backyard horses, Sox, Frosty, Love, Doc, Anna, and Bella.

 

Check out last weeks post for e-book savings good until Christmas day.

Stop by next week for a doggie’s story of a strange Christmas visitor. Keep your family close, and don’t forget our animal friends.

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