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Did You Miss The Book Brag This Weekend? via @SORMAG #3chicksandsomebooks

We had an amazing time this weekend attending the Book Brag – Story Time For Adults.
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LaShaunda
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New 2020 Coronavirus Update for the 18th-Annual National #BookClub Conference via curtisbunn #NBCC | #bookbloggers #bookreviewers #readers

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2020 Bliss
With The Future Still Unknown, 2020 Literary Bliss Remains On Schedule . . . But That Could Change
Book Lover:
I pray you are healthy and are adhering to the guidelines that will keep you that way. Translation: Staying home.

I don’t have much different to report from our last update. The airlines and hotels have adopted extreme cleaning measures. And you likely have been following the news as obsessively as I, so you are in tune with the culture of the country–shoot, the world–right now.

As the founder and organizer, I have to prepare as if we will have the 18th-Annual National Book Club Conference as scheduled, July 31-August 2 at the Marriott Buckhead in Atlanta. Many of you remain excited about it, based on your emails and the fact that you are making your registration payments.

Of course, I take the position that we will have Literary Bliss because we still have more than three full months for the smart people working hard to succeed in getting the coronavirus under control.

If it takes longer and threatens our event by late June, I will pull the plug and present contingencies moving forward. Fair enough?

Remaining hopeful of a return to the world as we knew it in time for the NBCC (and to keep you excited as you pine away at home under lockdown), here is the tentative schedule of events for our weekend. I believe because we would have gone through and gotten through his crisis together, the NBCC will be even more explosive and spiritual and embraceable than ever.

2020 NBCC TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Friday, July 31st
8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.:    Breakfast with Ed Gordon
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.: Leonard J. Pitts                         
10:15 a.m. to 11:15: a.m.: Donna Hill                          
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Denene Millner                       
 
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Eric Coleman                          
11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Panel: Black Women’s Health.
 
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.: LUNCH on our own
 
1:30 p.m.: to 2:30 p.m.: Daniel Black
2:40 p.m. to 3:40 p.m.: Kalisha Buckhanon
2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.: K. Reshay                        
3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.: How To Publish Your Book with Monica Michelle                                                             
3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.: Akiba Solomon and Kenyra Rankin
 
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Karla Holloway
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Tiffany Cross
5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.: RECEPTION honoring Kiese Laymon          
 
9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. NBCC After Dark with Mary B. Morrison
Saturday, August 1st
8:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Morning Briefing w/Curtis Bunn
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.: Tananarive Due                               
9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.: Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant
9:30 a.m. to 10:30: a.m.: Cerece Murphy                        
9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.: Tamika Greenwood                     
 
10 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.: Joan Vassar                                                           
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Publishing Industry Panel moderated by Linda Duggins
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.: LUNCH on our own
1:35 p.m. to 2:35 p.m.: Maximizing Your Book Club Experience: Moderator Lolita Allen, Divas Read II Book Club, Dallas.
2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.: Cupcake Brown                          
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.: Blacc Topp                          
3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Pat Tucker Wilson                        
 
3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Lauren Francis Sharma
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. J.D. Mason
 
7:45 p.m. to 8:10 p.m.: Featured Authors Red Carpet event
8:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.: NBCC Awards Dinner, honoring Tina LIfford

10:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.: NBCC Sho Nuff Throw Down Party 

Sunday, August 2nd
10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.: Worship service led by Carol Mackey

11:15 a.m. to Noon: 2020 NBCC wrap up with Curtis Bunn

All of that above reads to a real reader like this: EXCITEMENT!!!! And it surely will be. More updates coming. PLEASE STAY SAFE!!!

Peace and blessings,
CURTIS

Curtis Bunn
NBCC founder and president
www.nationalbookclubconference.com

2020 National Book Club Conference | July 31-Aug. 2 | Marriott Buckhead ATL
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#FridayFeature Author S.L Jackson via @TCOHHdotORG #michiganwriters #michlit | New Release Animal Instincts: The Urban Jungle

Name of Author: S.L Jackson

Name of Book:Animal Instincts: The Urban Jungle

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Animal Instincts: The Urban Jungle by [Jackson, S.L]

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About this author:

S.L Jackson is an debut urban fantasy author from Inkster Michigan who chose to put his creativity to the test by writing an novella about animals in a jungle underworld.

 

Where are you from?

SL: Inkster, Mi

Tell us your latest news?

SL: Recently released my debut novella “Animal Instincts: The Urban Jungle

When and why did you begin writing?

SL: I began writing early in my life about 4 th grade for a creative writing assignment.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

SL: Since 4 th grade

What inspired you to write your first book?

SL: I was inspired to write my book due to the facts I couldn’t get the character’s out of my head for

decades.

Do you have a specific writing style?

SL: I don’t think I’ve discovered my writing style yet, but this novella is a “urban fantasy.

How did you come up with the title?

SL: I came up with the title based on the story being about animals in their natural habitat.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

SL: Yes, loyalty, family, honor and respect.

How much of the book is realistic?

SL: It’s an urban fantasy, however the realness in the love all the character’s share with each other.

Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

SL: Some experiences are based on the way my family came together.

What books have most influenced your life most?

SL: The autobiography of Malcom X, and anything written by Donald Goines.

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

SL: I’d say Donald Goines

What book are you reading now?

SL: The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler by Robert Payne.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

SL: Too many to name and I don’t want to forget anyone.

What are your current projects?

SL: Animal Instincts: The Urban Jungle.

Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

SL: So far everyone I’ve came across.

Do you see writing as a career?

SL: Yes, I see writing as a career.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

SL: I wouldn’t change anything about my current book.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

SL: I’ve always had an interest in writing.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

SL: I don’t find anything challenging about writing I just like to let it flow.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

SL: Donald Goines is my favorite; he paints a vivid picture with all his writings.

Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

SL: Not as of now.

Who designed the covers?

SL: Michael Corvin

What was the hardest part of writing your book?

SL: Learning the actual business of publishing books.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

SL: I learned that there is no set way to ensure book sales.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

SL: Write and never stop.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

SL: RESPECT URBAN AUTHORS (#respecturbanauthors)

Connect with this author

Author Website: www.linktr.ee/sljackson

Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/2QlUqcu

Facebook Link: www.facebook.com/sljackson0522

Twitter Link: @tcohhdotorg

IG: @sljackson3

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Animal Instincts: The Urban Jungle by [Jackson, S.L]

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#3ChicksAndSomeBooks: Do you have the entire Black Series? Which one are you missing? #diversity #IR #romancesuspense #sylLit #Youshouldbereading #amreading

 

The Black Family Series is a family that appears in their own line of books.

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Now there are “good” Blacks and then there are “disturbed” Blacks. The family consists of two brothers. One decided to “separate” himself from bad blood and pursue his business in Detroit.  The “good” brother produced three sons: Ethan, James and Tyler Logan. While the other brother produced Xavier, Daxopholos (Axel), Phelix Bane, one unnamed sister and there are two sets of twins as well (one set appears in Mistaken Identity II). (I think that’s it, but this brother was pretty promiscuous and he used to run with Daemon Heart). The Books Connecting the Black Family Series main family that are available:

  1. Love Like This
  2. Hope Is Love
  3. The Mysterious Mr. Black
  4. La Revanche Des Trois (Revenge of Three)
  5. Black’s Innocence

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Celebrating #MarchReadingMonth: 99cents Ebook For #SneakReaders: #SecretsLiesFamilyTies @nookbn #epub #pdf #smashwords | Can you Keep a secret?

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I’ve been asked for years to bring this book to other formats and not let Amazon have it all to themselves.

I promised I would do so in 2013 and now as the year is finally over and I’m trying to get all my ducks in a row as I head in the 2014.

So in the following weeks or a month depending on #Smashwords distribution system this book will be available to other bookstores around the Internet.

But for now, it’s available on Smashwords as an ebook and of course it’s still available on Amazon.

It should be noted that on Amazon, if you buy the paperback version you can get the ebook version for a lower price. (It’s in their matchbook program.)

Now the biggest secret in my book selection is available everywhere and it’s a secret you can tell everyone.

You have my permission to share!

And don’t forget to leave a review wherever you pick up the book!

Thank you so much in advance!

Secret, Lies & Family Ties

By Sylvia Hubbard
Rating: Not yet rated.
Published: Nov. 03, 2013
Words: 90,360 (approximate)
Language: English

Short description

Perfect Opportunities Lead To Wicked Affairs

Extended description

Ezekiel Chambers knew he would never find a woman that would allow him to marry and though he longed for a happy family life, since his business life was so successful, his father was never going to give one inch to grant him that opportunity.

Reluctantly, he is convinced to go to his high school reunion, but upon meeting the mysterious woman, Ezekiel forgets what he wants and focuses on what he desires.

Too bad he won’t be able to keep her.

When Grae is given the opportunity to sleep with the man of her dreams without him knowing her identity, this shy reclusive young woman steps outside of her shell and transforms herself into the woman of his dreams.

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#3chicksandsomebooks #smexySaturday features: Rock You Like a Hurricane via @BraveSierra #naughtyreads #romance

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Title: Rock You Like a Hurricane

Series: Triple Passion Play

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Romantic Suspense, Menage

Hashtags: #threesome #Menage #RomCom #NewAdult #CollegeCoeds #LoveTriangle

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Limited Time Re-release Sale: $.99*

 (*US Price, prices in other countries vary based on market)

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Other Retailers: https://books2read.com/u/mKD6Y9

 

Short Interview:

 

What made you decide to re-publish the first book in the Triple Passion Play series?

Sierra: After the unfortunate passing of the owner of the publishing company, my rights to Rock You Like a Hurricane reverted to me. To keep the book available, I had to re-publish.

 

You made extensive revisions. Why?

 

Sierra: The characters in the Triple Passion Play series are some of my favorites which is probably why I wrote four books featuring them. The first book was published in 2016. When I was ready to re-publish, I took a fresh look at the story. Rock You Like a Hurricane was still a fun, sexy read, but in the past four years, I’ve learned a lot, and my writing style has changed. The voice no longer sounded like my own so I edited until the characters and story felt like they belonged to me again.

 

Were there any major changes in the plot?

 

Sierra: No. The bones and the heart of the story are the same. The timeframe covers less than forty-eight hours—Rock You Like a Hurricane is all about the catalyst for the deeper relationship developing between Ken, Tommy, and Trisha in the next three books.

 

Is Rock You Like a Hurricane a historical romance?

 

Sierra: Not really. I call it a retro erotic romance. I wrote book four, Triple Naughty Christmas, first before any of what became the first three books. My intent had been to write a stand-alone holiday romance about a seasoned poly relationship. Once my middle-aged trio began to come to life on the pages, I felt like a lot more of the story of Trisha, Tommy, and Ken deserved to be told. The beginning seemed like a great place to start. Book one is set in 1996 when the three MCs are still in college. 

 

Why does Rock You Like a Hurricane feature so much world-building?

 

I wanted to convey a sense of nostalgia for the mid-to-late 90s, but I spent a lot of energy setting the scene for a much larger reason. In order for older readers to be able to relate to the main characters, I needed them to feel as if they were stepping into the college coed/new adult mind frame. Tommy, Trisha, and Ken behave differently in book one than they do in book four because they’re not nearly as mature or confident yet. Navigating the early days of adulthood is a challenging time often filled with impulsive decisions and mixed-emotions of anxiety and excitement. I wanted my mature readers to remember those heart-pounding, fly-by-the-seat of your pants, but in some ways, much simpler days.

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Sales Blurb

 

Lifelong best friends, Tommy Marks and Ken Davidson are an unstoppable team able to complement respective strengths while ironing out each other’s weaknesses. Neither man can imagine a life without the other, but they never expected to fall for the same women. College student, Trisha Harper is fascinated by the synergy between Ken and Tommy. She’s attracted to both and unable or unwilling to decide which man she likes best.

As the trio prepares to ride out a hurricane together, Tommy and Ken make a gentleman’s agreement promising neither will make a move on Trisha. With the tropical cyclone raging outside and the electricity out, the stakes are high, and their pact might not withstand the eye of the storm. Both men teeter between desire and the fear of rejection and loss, but Trisha has no plans to break up the dynamic duo. For her, it’s all or nothing, and she’s determined to have Tommy and devour Ken too.

Warning: Rock You Like a Hurricane and is a male-female-male (MFM) romance. The story contains sizzling, put-you-in-the-moment love scenes with graphic, descriptive language. If you are offended by explicit content, you might want to read a different book. Although the Triple Passion Play series starts out as MFM in book one, the relationship progresses to MMF in later books. Previously published by Liquid Silver Books.

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Excerpt

 

TRISHA slapped her cards on the table and gloated. “Read them and strip!”

“Ugh.” Tommy groaned as he peeled his shorts off and dropped them beside him. He was down to his underwear now.

Saliva swirled inside her mouth as her gaze clung to his rippling arm muscles, hard chest, and the hell of a bulge in his navy-blue briefs. She smacked her lips. Yum, yum, yum! I need some of that! Turning her attention to her other opponent, she lifted an eyebrow. “Ken, I think you need to pay up, too. What will it be? The shirt or your shorts?”

Ken answered wordlessly, pulling his shirt off over his head. As he raised his arms, the smoky intensity in his eyes bore into Trisha’s consciousness and threatened to melt her clothes right off her quivering body. She smiled, feasting on Ken’s sinewy, upper body like he was a prime cut of meat. His toned arms and shoulders framed his hard, well-built chest, showcasing his small, round, russet-colored nipples as they contrasted against his smooth, honey-tinged flesh. She pursed her lips, struggling to keep from coming undone as the image of her tongue gliding over his navel popped into her mind. Trisha sucked in her breath as she wrestled back control of her senses.

What luck! Ken losing to her was a near miracle, but she couldn’t expect him to focus on the game while they were hiding out from a big, bad hurricane. As she glanced toward Tommy, she gauged his reaction. Why does he look so pale all of a sudden? Something more than bad weather jitters was boiling under the surface between those two. Trisha held her tongue. Voicing her suspicions of discord without having any idea what had disrupted the balance between Yin and Yang, as she sometimes called the two, would be premature. Instead, she hid her concerns behind the long neck of a beer bottle, taking another swig. Ken gathered the cards to shuffle for another round. Trisha put aside her concerns to focus on her own game.

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Reviews

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly awesome!!!!

What a fantastic read…I loved every page..the characters flowed..the storyline was fresh and so damn sexy lol
This is the first book I’ve read from this author and I can honestly say I can’t wait to see what other adventures she has in store for us…

Thank you and blessed be
Victoria – Amazon reader

 

5.0 out of 5 stars All I can say is… HOT HOT HOT!!!

I didn’t know what to expect since I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review but I really enjoyed this book!!!!!!!!!!! At first I was skeptical but after reading the first few chapters and getting to know both male characters I was very intrigued and could not stop reading. Both Tommy and Ken have endearing qualities and the yin and yang balance between the two were very nice. I really LOVED the character of Trisha and how realistic her curiosity with both male characters progressed. The internal dialogue throughout the book was funny and witty where I found myself laughing out loud at times. I have not read a lot of M/F/M novels however I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It had a good amount of dialogue and passionate yet raunchy scenes. I was not sure what hentai was but after looking it up I can see that it fit in with your story and character very well. I also really loved the flow of the story and the descriptions for everything, where creative analogies and metaphors were utilized making the story more relatable. I look forward to more by this author. 🙂 THANKS SIERRA!! XOXOXO

Kimi – Amazon Reviewer

 

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More Books in the Triple Passion Play Series

The Power of Three

Amazon US UK CA AU 

Other Retailers: https://books2read.com/u/4DoyPr

 

Baby Makes Four

Amazon US UK CA AU

Other Retailers: https://books2read.com/u/mKKYAL

 

Triple Naughty Christmas 

Amazon US UK CA AU

Other Retailers: https://books2read.com/u/bzvGw9

 

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If you’re looking to shake your book discussions up a bit, check out the fun game #LitVersations created by Debra Owsley @odebsimplysaid ·#bookclubs #authors #booklovers

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If you’re looking to shake your book discussions up a bit, check out the fun game “Lit Versations” created by Debra Owsley.

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An NBCC Welcome To 2020 #3chicksandsomebooks

Where Readers And Authors Come Together…And Depart Friends.
2020 Bliss
 
Book Lover:
Happy 2020!!!

I hope your holiday season was wonderful and the new year is off to a strong start.

We are six months from the 18th-Annual National Book Club Conference, July 31-August 2 at the Marriott Buckhead in Atlanta, and the momentum already is building. The Featured Authors above represent the finest in the literary world, a diverse group of authors of excellence in various genres.

It would not be the NBCC if we did not add to that amazing collection of talent. And so, all month we will announce author additions that lend me stellar depth to our weekend of Literary Bliss.

Don’t be left out. If you’re on the fence about attending, jump over to this side. I promise an amazing experience unlike any you have had in the literary world.

And if you intend to secure your spots but want to discuss custom payment arrangements, please contact me ASAP.

Meanwhile, be sure to lock in your room at the Marriott Buckhead for our amazing rate of just $117 at night by calling 404-261-9250 or by clicking here.
Peace and blessings,
CURTIS
Curtis Bunn, NBCC founder

2020 National Book Club Conference | July 31-Aug. 2 | Marriott Buckhead ATL

National Book Club Conference, Inc., 245 Highland Avenue, Suite 230-171, Atlanta, GA 30307

NBCC Founder Curtis Bunn to Be Featured at 2020 Literary Bliss #3chicksandsomebooks

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2020 Bliss
Curtis Bunn, NBCC Founder, Takes His Turn As A Featured Author At 2020 Literary Bliss Weekend
Book Lover:
Your voices have been heard. Many–and likely most–readers who have attended the National Book Club Conference came to Atlanta unaware that I wrote books.
I started the NBCC in 2003 because I felt joyous after each book club meeting, uplifted. The conversation with serious readers, the laughter, the learning benefitted both sides. It only made sense to me to bring readers and authors together in an intimate setting to have a succession of those fulfilling experiences.
And that’s we have done over 18 years–and I have mostly stayed in the background. I did not create the NBCC as a self-promotion too.
Over the years, so many readers and book clubs have implored me to have a “book club meeting” at the NBCC, that I’m doing a disservice to readers and myself to not.
Finally, I’m listening. And so, I am proud to announce that I will be a Featured Author at the 2020 NBCC. (That’s so funny.)
My 11th novel, That Was Then, This Is Now, releases this month. This, if I say so myself, is  an entertaining book that brings to light that being transformed does not make one impervious to more challenges that test loyalty, patience and stamina.
This stand alone sequel to my Essence No. 1 best-selling book, Baggage Check, is an ode to the first main characters I ever created–Julian, Greg and Larry–several years later and faced with new sets of drama that challenges their faith, commitment and love life. Seeking refuge, they take a trip to Ghana, West Africa, where the breathtaking experience of the Motherland lead them on a journey that alters the trajectory of their lives.
Indeed, all of my books touch on multiple adult, authentic themes that places you in the book, connects you to the characters and entertains as it informs. I look forward to talking about it–and my next book, The Last Bachelor, which I hope to release next summer.
Please learn more about me by visiting www.curtisbunn.com.
Book lovers, please secure your position ASAP with a $100 deposit to join us July 31-August 2 in Atlanta by clicking here. It is imperative to lock in your spot, as we are running significantly ahead in registrations from previous years at this point. Don’t be left out.
Any questions, please email curtisbunn@yahoo.com. And please make your reservation at the Marriott Buckhead and ask for our $117 rate at 404-261-9250. Or you can do so online by clicking here.
If you are excited about next year, please let me know.
Remember to look out for another wonderful Featured Author announcement tomorrow in Day 4 of five days in a row of Featured Author additions this week.
Peace and blessings,
CURTIS
Curtis Bunn, NBCC founder
National Book Club Conference, Inc., 245 Highland Avenue, Suite 230-171, Atlanta, GA 30307

#3chicksAndSomeBooks Interview with @RandyDPearson, Author of Trac Brothers and many more! #michiganwriters #michlit

Author Bio for Randy D Pearson
A lifelong mid-Michigan resident, Randy D Pearson has been creating stories for 40 years, usually in his head but occasionally on paper.
Starting at an early age drawing comic strips and cartoon books, he quickly realized he enjoyed writing stories more than he did sketching.
When he discovered his other childhood passion, the Atari computer, everything came together. He spent many late nights typing his stories, winning several contests in the process.
In addition to his three novelsDriving Crazy, Tell Me a Story, and Trac BrothersRandy has been featured in several publications. These include all four of the Writing at the Ledges anthologies, The Washington Square Review, Pets Across America, and Retrocade Magazine.
When not writing, Randy spends his time watching British sitcoms with his wife and stepdaughter, or sci-fi and anime with his two brothers. He lives in a small Michigan town with a ridiculous number of cats.
Interview Questions


What inspired you to write this book?
One day, many years ago, I was sitting at a railroad crossing. The gates had just come down, but the train hadn’t made an appearance yet. For some reason, my mind flashed on an image of two guys pumping one of those old-timey handcars slowly by, waving at me as they rolled past. I have no idea why that picture popped in my head, but I sat there in my car, mentally writing this story until long after the train had come and gone. Years later, I finally got around to putting that story onto paper.


Did you have a difficult time balancing your life and getting your book published?
Not the publishing part so much. The balancing act is trying to write while working a day job, being a husband.step-father, having friends who I actually do things with occasionally, and my seemingly constant need to goof off. After all, Cookie Jam won’t play itself!


Did you self published or is this traditional published?How was the experience? What advice would you offer?
Trac Brothers was set to be published by an indie publisher in 2017, but that publisher went dark at a crucial time (the owner went through numerous personal and professional issues, and pretty much vanished, not returning calls or emails). So I had to cancel the contract and self-publish it, which delayed release by several months.
Overall, the self-publishing experience was good. I used Amazon’s Createspace/KDP, and there was a learning curve, but not anything that I ultimately couldn’t handle. For my first novel, Driving Crazy, I originally self-published through a hybrid of a printing company called Color House Graphics in Grand Rapids for paperbacks, and Smashwords for eBooks. Amazon, while far too dominant in the market, is really the easiest and most convenient way to get my books distributed to the world.
In terms of self-publishing advice, I would say to make sure the book is as perfect as possible before releasing it to the world. Self-publishing will (probably) always have that stigma of being filled with amateurs. So before you press “send” on that manuscript, make sure it has been heavily edited, proof read (by both readers AND writers, as both will give you unique valuable perspectives), and polished to a glossy sheen.


What literary challenges and successes you would like to share with our audience? 
In terms of challenges, a big one (other than finding/making time to write) is locating an audience. I’ve been getting booths and tables at fairs, festivals, craft shows, and even comic book conventions. It’s been a case of throwing a lot of spaghetti at any wall I can find, to see what sticks.
As for successes, after being in the indie author biz since 2006, I am finding some level of recognition. In the last couple years, I’ve been invited to sit in on three author panels, and now I get calls from bookstores or other authors to be part of this gig or that show.
Let me share with you a favorite story. In July 2018, I was sitting at my table on a hot Saturday afternoon in Midland, Michigan. The River Days festival seemed to be dragging, but still I sat there with a smile on my face when a young man (perhaps 18 or 19) came bounding up, his mother close behind. With the biggest smile, he said, “I know you won’t believe this, but I was walking with my mom and she asked me what I was reading. I told her I’d just finished Tell Me a Story by Randy D Pearson. She pointed to your sign and said, “You mean that guy?” So I had to run over here and tell you how much I enjoyed your book!”
It’s encounters like this that make it all worthwhile.


What’s next for your literary life?
I am currently working on the sequel to Trac Brothers, hopefully for a 2020 release. I am also plotting out the first book of a new series based on my much-beloved character Psychic Phil, who graced the last three short stories in Tell Me a Story. Readers have been telling me they want more of my reluctant psychic, and I’m here to oblige.

Upcoming Events
2020 is already shaping up to be a banner year!
I am a panelist at this year’s Storytelling Festival at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum – Sat February 8, 12:30pm

I also have been scheduled for two separate events at the Charlotte Community Library (Charlotte, MI)

On Saturday March 14, I will be leading a presentation on the long lost town of Walton Junction (learned from my research on Trac Brothers), and on Wednesday March 25, my novel Driving Crazy will be featured in a Book Talk.
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Jam and Jax Trachsel receive an unexpected inheritance from their recently departed uncle Mac– a fully-functioning Kalamazoo brand handcar from the 19th century. When they become stranded over 150 miles from home,do they set it on the train tracks and pump it all the way back? Or, when they find a hand-drawn map their uncle created, do they follow it even further north to the long lost town of Walton Junction?
What starts out as a thrilling, modern day adventure quickly becomes a battle for survival. Their journey through Michigan’s scenic Lower Peninsula will introduce them to a world they never imagined, forever changing many lives.Can they trust the Rail Riders, the bizarre but friendly group of people living off the grid? Or will the Track Pirates, a ruthless gang led by the insane Santascoy, cause their demise?
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Ray Walsh (Lansing State Journal), in his review of Trac Brothers, called Pearson an, “experienced, clever storyteller” – and called Tell Me a Story, “a highly entertaining collection of wonderfully quirky short stories.”

 

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