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

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2017 Facebook is out. Find out why.

Tired of money grubbing powers that be letting their social media sites be a stage for the worst our society has to offer? Me too.
The following post and header is now on three of my longtime Facebook pages.

facebook-good-bye-2“Facebook has long not been worth time spent. It has also become a social media dump for hate mongers, fake news, and horrendous live feeds. Most recently the beating and torture of a mentally disabled young man. This site and my other FB pages will no longer be active. I will not disable them, so the names on the sites can’t be used by others.

Good bye my FB friends. You can still follow this horsewoman and author on my blog. http://jackieanton.com or on Twitter https://twitter.com/backyardhorse .”

Book Giveaways, previews, and Mail Chimp managed Newsletter sign up can be accomplished at instsafreebie. Check my blog for more info.

Here are two books currently on instafreebie “Wind River Refuge” the 2015 winner of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards romance category has been extended until Jan 28th of 2017. Facebook friends who followed me to this blog still have a chance to select this e-book at https://instafreebie.com/free/zThNQ Front Cover.4503670

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Second book at the site is book one of the “Troubles in Love-Land Series.” https://instafreebie.com/free/K7C5R

I will update my books and plans for future releases in the next post.

Jackie Anton

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:

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/backyardhorse

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

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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

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

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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.

Author Links:

Website: http://talesbyjackie.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/backyardhorse

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

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

 

A Free Introduction to Lexie ….

I found this little Cartoon and it sparked an idea for book three or possibly four of the “Troubles in Love-Land Series. What if Lexie and Skip joined an auxiliary k-9 unit to help unearth the trio of murderers who tried to kidnap her in Panhandle Mayhem?

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Meet Lexie, Melinda, Cutter and the crew for free. Only seven days remain on the coupon at Smashwords. Follow this link http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/jackieanton

and plug in Code FW86G at checkout when you pick Fateful Waters: Troubles in Love-Land Book One from the title line up.
Adult Readers 18+
Wind River Refuge is February’s Book of the Month. This Mystery/Thriller with a romantic twist won the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Award in the Romance Category. The discount on the print book and the e-book coupon code (QX47K) has been extended to March 12, 2016 prior to the Book Blast Tour for Cassandra: Night Shades.

Find out more about Cassandra and my other books by clicking on the Independent Author Network link to the right of this blog.

More next week on the March Book of the Month for the kids. Check out my website if you want to get a head start.

Direct Links to my books and website are listed on my IAN Author Page.

Paperback savings on the book of the month: http://mkt.com/jackie-anton

Oprah and me for 2016…

Like Oprah, this author has struggled with the weight roller coaster my entire adult life.

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It is the last day of January in this new year of 2016. I don’t make New Year resolutions anymore; they like junk mail usually end up getting trashed. Instead, I try to set a course for the year ahead.

Setting realistic goals is one of the life style changes recommended by Weight Watcher coaches, and it finally penetrated my thick skull. Like many other folks out there I have had many false starts on my quest to down size my wardrobe and become more fit. Weight loss has been a slow process for me, and I admit to you that I am envious of people who can drop up to 30 pounds in a mater of a few months. Two and a half years into my change in life style mental leap I have lost 55 pounds and dropped four jean sizes.

Okay, but I still have another 40 to 45 pounds to shed. I made it through the holidays maintaining. However, winter curtailed my normal exercise routine. Since the snows and winds came on with a vengeance, I have spent 8-10 hours a day on my butt in front of the computer. My husband gave me a Weight Watcher digital bathroom scale for Christmas that I had added to his shopping list for me.

The bottom line is I gained 5 pounds in January! That startling development sent me back on the straight and narrow. I mean it took too long to get where I am to trash it. I need to focus on my plan to reach my weight goal in 2016. More on my journey in later posts on A Fit & Healthy Challenge.

A Skinny Breakfast Share:
The following recipe is adapted from a WW recipe which is decades old.
Blueberry Flummery. (Jackie’s version)

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Ingredients:
1/2 to 3/4 Cup of Snapple Diet Raspberry Tea (gluten free)
0pts – 10 Calories – 1g Carbs – 0g Protein

1/2 to 3/4 C of frozen blueberries (small wild berries 1/2 & larger berries 3/4)
1Packet of sweet & low (or O calorie sugar substitute of your choice)
1&1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon

1 Slice of bread (I used wheat bread for the counts below)
2Pts – 60 Calories – 12g Carbs – 2g Protein

1/2 Cup of Fat Free Cottage Cheese
2Pts – 80 Calories – 1g Carbs – 13g Protein

Directions:
Place Diet Snapple, berries, cinnamon, and sweetener into a small sauce pan. Bring to boil. Note: boils quickly.
In the mean time use a cereal bowl and break up the slice of bread into small peices. Dump the bread into the boiling mixture. Lower the heat and stir until thickened. Place the flummery back into the cereal bowl and top with cottage cheese and enjoy.
Total count:
4 Points – 150 Calories – 14g Carbs – 15g Protein

Please note: Points were calculated with the use of my WW calculator using the Points Plus system. Other nutritional information came from food packaging. Your points and calories may vary depending on the products you choose.

Variations on the Flummery.
Don’t like blueberries?
Try using raspberries (more tart), strawberries, or mixed berries.
Fresh diced apples are a great taste change, and if you like the tart taste try granny smith apples. Fresh apples take a little more prep time.

Another change up I enjoy is substituting frozen peaches. I use Diet Snapple Peach Tea, cut the amount of cinnamon, and replace it with ginger for this variation.

Please like this post if you are on the same quest and found it helpful.

More on my quest later, and yes I will be posting my before and after photos in subsequent posts.

Looking for more great recipes? Take a look at my Pinterest board Yummy Guilt Free Recipes.
The most popular recipe for 2015 was the Hungry Girl’s Denver Omelette and it is off to a running start for 2016.

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Cleveland and Northeastern Ohio connections……

During the past several years I have met a lot of local authors from Ohio. Several author events and book signings in 2015 brought to light two distinct marketing endeavors. We will stay with the fiction works for this post. Group one is comprised of authors who have either incorporated a recognizable landmark or used Cleveland in some form in the Title of their books. Some of the first group use the name of the city, Akron, pops up a lot too, and famous landmarks for their cover in the effort to attract local readers.

Group one is probably not unique to our area of Ohio, so perhaps writers, and readers in other areas of the United States as well as world wide can relate.

I don’t know that group one has more total sales than group two? Authors in general are willing to share their experiences in marketing, dates of upcoming author events, and what they are working on, but most are tight lipped about sales of their book(s). These two groups include traditional published as well as, independent, self published authors. Only a few who have thousands or hundreds of thousands of sales are willing to share, really it’s more of a brag.

The Desendant

 

Group two’s covers have more to do with the story within. An example is the author of “The Descendant.” Kelley Grealis is a native of Cleveland who now lives in Hinckley. Her vampire series takes place there. See the archive post and review on this blog “Vampire sighting at Whips Ledges.” This group uses printed handouts, bookmarks, speaking engagements, and social media sites to tout their local connections.

 

Sox's dreamI was working on Backyard Horse Tales 3 when realized my Backyard Horse Tales all have local locations. That set me on a review of all my books, which total seven with the pre-release of “Cassandra: Night Shades.” Wind River Refuge opens with Jax having a nightmare of running down the rain soaked streets on the east side of Cleveland. It occurred to me that perhaps I wasn’t doing enough to take advantage of the local connections in my printed works, at local events.

Well, I made the decision that promoting the local locations of my book(s) and my connections to Cleveland and Northeastern Ohio needed to move up near the top in my marketing strategy for 2016. I would say I am closer in sync with group two’s efforts on this endeavor, but I definitely need to tweak things a bit.

I will update you once I decide what to implement.

Thanks for visiting.

Jackie Anton

Author website:http://talesbyjackie.com
J.Anton’s autographed books: http://mkt.com/jackie-anton
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