Free KDP Select book


My book, Where Dreams and Visions Live, an anthology of stories, poems, and essays about dreams and visions, will be FREE May 15-19, 2017.

You should get this one as it’s packed with great writing from several authors from all over the world. Lots of bang for your buck (except you won’t actually have to spend anything).

Go here on those dates to download your free copy, and as always, try to write even a short review on Amazon. Thanks, you’re the best ❤

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Author Spotlight – P.S. Winn


I think she deserves the “Most Prolific Author Award.” I met P. S. Winn when she submitted a great story for my first anthology, Where Dreams and Visions Live.  Since then she has published dozens of books. Here they are. Amazing! You can find them all at http://amzn.to/2jUrJ2W.

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AND NOW WITHOUT FURTHER ADIEU-P. S. WINN.
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INTERVIEW:

What inspired you to write your first book? – In 2012, my husband was told he didn’t have long to live. We decided to move to my hometown so I could be closer to my family. Moving fast, we almost had to leave some of the writing I had done and hid in a closet. I decided to put them in book form then and there and now it seems after 44, I can’t stop.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? – I believe in hope despite odds. I like to think you will find that even when the books are supernatural or science fiction. I like to add a bit of a spiritual twist. Not religious so much as the spiritual side of hope and love.

What books have most influenced your life most? – Anything and everything I have ever read has an impact on my own works. I think this is also true of anyone I meet or anywhere I have visited.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? – I hate the promotion, but the rest of writing is always an amazing journey. I love my characters because they take over the books and let me know what should be written.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it? – I always learn something new. In the latest book, “Deadly Afflictions” I had to learn a lot about anxiety disorder. I love characters that overcome the flaws and problems they are dealt.

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book? – Anyone who likes to get away from the world for a moment in time. I write everything from preschool and young adult to a lot of supernatural novels. I also think it is the readers who make the stories. Their own imaginations join with the writer’s to make a book more special than it started.

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork? – Some of the art work I draw myself, like for “Wings to Whispers” and “Viewings”. A few books are pictures I have taken and the others I use those available on create space. For the book “Viewings” the drawing of an old barn came first and the story worked around the image.

Do any of the books you write come from your own childhood? – Yes, especially my stretched stories series, which are humorous tall tales that are fun explanations for everyday things like why a cow says moo.

How do you feel when someone disagrees with something you have written? – I try to look at what they say and learn from it. The reviews that are unrealistic I try and ignore, but that can be hard. I know there are some people who write bad reviews out of meanness, which is awful, but also a fact of life that branches way beyond writing.

How do you make sure the information for your nonfiction books is accurate and up-to-date? – Mostly the internet or watching the news. I like writing supernatural books in parallel worlds when imagination is the guide and anything goes. But, I still try to maintain realism.

How long does it take to complete one of your books? – I have written 44 books in just over 4 years, so a month or two is my usual time, but once I wrote a book in a week and my 600 page book took closer to three months.

PAY WINN A VISIT SOMETIME SOON. THE REST OF HER LINKS ARE BELOW.

https://www.amazon.com/P.S.-Winn/e/B00E6XAR82/

Global link – author.to/PSWinnbooks

www.barnesandnoble.com/c/p.s.-winn

https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/6580862.P_S_Winn

https://www.facebook.com/pswinnbooks/

https://twitter.com/pswinnauthor

https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=P.S.+Winn&sitesearch_type=STORE


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Blood Moon–the Video Ad


One of our authors, the very clever R.H. Ali, put together this little video for us talking about the new anthology. If you haven’t picked up a copy yet take a look and see how good the book looks. Createspace does an awesome job making professional paperbacks.  Blood Moon is also available on Amazon in paper and e-book formats. This was a fun project and the stories are wonderful.  Enjoy.

Review of Anthology, Where Dreams and Visions Live


DAVRecently I had the pleasure to meet Evida Suntoyo on Goodreads. We agreed to swap book reviews. Hers, December Sunshine: Love in Jave is a real treat to read, with beautiful imagery and a lyrical story. But I am not quite finished reading. When I do, I promise to give you a full review.  In the meantime, I am delighted to link to her review of the recent anthology I compiled, Where Dreams and Visions Live (Anthologies of the Heart Book 1) featuring 38 authors from around the world. I hope she will put a story in the next one! Without further rambling, here is the link to her review of Where Dreams and Visions Live (Anthologies of the Heart Book 1)
http://indoromance.com/2015/01/book-review-where-dreams-and-visions-live-by-mary-blowers/

All Channels Open to Order New Anthology


Once again I’d like to thank the 37 authors who joined me to make this dream a reality. The quality of the writing is extremely good and I hope you’ll take a look.  E-books are just $5.99 and paperbacks $12.99, less if you have Amazon Prime. Or with Kindle match, if you buy the paperback from Amazon, you can buy the Kindle version for just $2.99, and give the paperback as a gift.  Either way you win and we spread the word about this new work.

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https://www.createspace.com/5098822  For Createspace paperbacks.

http://amzn.to/11TH4I9 For Amazon paperback and Kindle format

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/496954 For many other e-book formats

Goodreads Giveaway!


You may be aware I have recently published an Anthology featuring 38 indie authors!  It’s available in paperback and e-book at several retailers.  Here are some of the links.

https://www.createspace.com/5098822 to purchase “Where Dreams and Visions Live” in paperback.
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/496954 to purchase “Where Dreams and Visions Live”, a new anthology in e-book format.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QAXPLI2 Preorder “Where Dreams and Visions Live” in e-book format.
You can also enter to win a FREE copy!  Follow the link below that says “Enter to win.”  This book will be given away after the December 15 deadline.  Feel free to forward any or all of these links to your network, friends, family.  Here’s the link to this page:  https://maryblowers.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/goodreads-giveaway/
Enjoy.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Where Dreams and Visions Live by Mary DeKok Blowers

Where Dreams and Visions Live

by Mary DeKok Blowers

Giveaway ends December 15, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Submissions Requested for Anthology


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I wanted you to be the first to know–and I hope you are as excited as I am–that I will be e-publishing an anthology written by you. It is to be entitled “Dreams and Visions” and your submission can be an essay, memory, or short story to do with either or both of those topics. This should be your unique interpretation, whether it be dreams you experience during sleep or dreams you or others have for your/their life; visions of grandeur or visions you have experienced, or fiction about any of these.  Deadline is November 30.

It must be your original work. Please submit your pieces to me at blowers.mary@gmail.com. Use the words “Anthology Submission” in the subject so that your work will get the highest priority attention. Feel free to copyright.  My only use of your material will be in this anthology. You will receive full credit in the e-book and may include one website listing which will appear after your name.

I would like pieces to be up to ten pages double-spaced, and they may be shorter. You may submit multiple pieces that total ten pages if preferred. The approval process will depend on the number of entries  but I will solicit another writer or two to be part of the judging. (Interested? Let me know.) Pieces with excessive profanity, violence, etc. will not  be considered. I don’t mind helping with spelling or grammar, including for those who consider English a second language, and may make recommendations along these lines. There is no change for your participation and you will get a free e-book for contributing, even if you are not chosen!

Exciting developments! I have decided to include a print version, which will also be available for purchase. In addition, there will likely be additional anthologies  in the future, on different topics, so follow this blog for updates.  Also!  If you are a talented cover artist and would like to donate the artwork, send those .jpgs to me as well.  It should be 1200-1400 pixels wide and fit a 6×9″ cover.  I’d like it to be something like the picture I created, above but am open to any kind of (clean) dreamy images.

Use this opportunity to begin or add to your portfolio of published work. Feel free to email me with any questions. I can’t wait to see what your dreams and visions are!  Some have already come in and we may have to close early if we fill up, so don’t delay.  You may invite others too!

Send entries to blowers.mary@gmail.com, by November 30, 2014.  I want to help you get out there!

Mary

Submissions Requested for Anthology


Dreams and Visions Cover

I wanted you to be the first to know–and I hope you are as excited as I am–that I will be e-publishing an anthology written by you. It is to be entitled “Dreams and Visions” and your submission can be an essay, poem, memory, or short story to do with either or both of those topics. This should be your unique interpretation, whether it be dreams you experience during sleep or dreams you or others have for your/their life; visions of grandeur or visions you have experienced, or fiction about any of these.  Deadline is November 30.

It must be your original work. Please submit your pieces to me at blowers.mary@gmail.com. Use the words “Anthology Submission” in the subject so that your work will get the highest priority attention. Feel free to copyright.  My only use of your material will be in this anthology. You will receive full credit in the e-book and may include one website listing which will appear after your name.

I would like pieces to be two to three pages or 1000 words in length, and they may be shorter. The approval process will depend on the number of entries  but I will solicit another writer or two to be part of the judging. (Interested? Let me know.) Pieces with excessive profanity, violence, etc. will not  be considered. I don’t mind helping with spelling or grammar, including for those who consider English a second language, and may make recommendations along these lines. There is no change for your participation and you will get a free e-book for contributing, even if you are not chosen!

Exciting developments! I have decided to include a print version, which will also be available for purchase. In addition, there will likely be additional anthologies  in the future, on different topics, so follow this blog for updates.  Also!  If you are a talented cover artist and would like to donate the artwork, send those .jpgs to me as well.  It should be 1200-1400 pixels wide and fit a 6×9″ cover.  I’d like it to be something like the picture I created, above but am open to any kind of (clean) dreamy images.

Use this opportunity to begin or add to your portfolio of published work. Feel free to email me with any questions. I can’t wait to see what your dreams and visions are!  Some have already come in and we may have to close early if we fill up, so don’t delay.  You may invite others too!

Send entries of 2-3 pages or 1000 words or less, to blowers.mary@gmail.com, by November 30, 2014.  A little longer is probably ok if necessary!  I want to help you get out there!

Mary