#WeekendCoffeeShare. Of Books, Dogs, and Yoga.

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Welcome to the Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Emily at nerdinthebrain.com.  It goes like this, If we were having coffee today, on the 24th of June, I’d tell you that:

I actually worked on a book manuscript today!  (Not the one I just published).  Well, the draft is already written, but little bits and pieces have been coming to me, and today I finally decided to add them in.  I can’t tell you my word count, because I only do that during NANOWRIMO.  I’m sure I’ll be adding more to this one.  It felt so good, because it seems such a long time since I’ve done that.  You see, I’ve been working on promoting my new sci-fi release, and most of my writing efforts have gone into that.  I must say, though, I really miss entering the Flash fiction challenges, and I need to get back into it.  The Weekend Coffee Share has been my one semi-regular post in the blogger community.   DetoursPaperback_5211604616564778768_n  Photo:  Detours in Time is my new sci-fi release.  Buy link is in my footnote!

You see, I’ve been writing blog guest posts and answering interview questions in order to get featured on other blogs.  I’ve been contacting book bloggers about reviews and writing those e-mails, as well as searching my book for some really good teaser quotes to add to my Canva graphics.  I published a post earlier this week that explores part of the background in Detours in Time, which is the 1990s.  Find it here:  https://pamelascanepa.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/10-reasons-the-1990s-were-not-so-bad/ This week, I was also part of a blog tour that I signed up for through a blogger in Ireland.  Each day, a different part or element of my book was revealed. Friday, my first page was featured at https://thefirstpageblog.wordpress.com/2017/06/23/419/  Please do go and check it out!

DetoursMeme1 (2) The book promo graphic that I made on Canva and posted Thursday.  It’s a quote teaser from Detours in Time.  If you couldn’t tell, it’s a time-travel book. 🙂

You may also want to visit this link this weekend, where my book is being featured and a giftcard giveaway takes place when you sign up for my newsletter (a once or twice monthly update) and follow my social media:  https://eskiemamareads.blogspot.com/2017/06/eskiemama-dragon-lady-reads-saturday_24.html

Other than writing and book promo, I’ve been reading Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee.  The social dynamics from that era are interesting.  I have also been going to yoga class and trying some yoga at home.  I go to the studio at least twice a week, get some cardio at some point, and then try to get on the mat at home a few days.  The yoga at home doesn’t last long.  My dog thinks I’m just having fun, so he comes and rolls around on the mat.  It’s a little distracting, but I get what yoga  I can until he just has to have attention.

IMG_0312Dog on the mat!  Not distracting at all. 🙂

So, all the writing and typing gets my shoulders in knots.  Therefore, I had to have a massage yesterday.  It was great!  Later today, I am headed to St. Augustine Beach with my boyfriend Kenny.  We’ll get some beach time, and then later, we’ll have a really good dinner.  It’s his birthday weekend!  I so need a little getaway.  We may get to the shops, unless it’s too hot.  This heat has been overwhelming at times.  Even lukewarm coffee gets to me.  My room also has thin curtains so the sun comes in, full force and bright.  I wouldn’t trade it for the world, though.  My corner should be and needs to be sunny to maintain my state of mind.  I can always go to another room to cool off!

On the home range, things are still going well.  I had to catch my attitude, as I am the only driver in my family right now.  I am not used to being a caretaker for the family.  For my child, yes, I’m used to that.  I had to check my attitude, though.  It left me feeling petty.  I gifted my mom with a pack of Klondike bars, though, and she was so appreciative.  Everyone seems to be on the uphill climb lately.

Well, that’s my week.  How about yours?  Please leave me a comment, and visit Emily’s Coffee Share.  You may even want to post your own #weekendcoffeeshare.    http://www.nerdinthebrain.com/weekendcoffeeshare-the-one-where-life-just-keeps-being-fun/

Have a great weekend!

Fun with Graphics, a #DetoursinTime promo teaser

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Made with Canva.com.  Find Detours in Time, my latest sci-fi novel, on Goodreads and on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0711ZW6XF

Available in Kindle format, Kindle Unlimited, and paperback!

Blurb:  On a whim, feisty Tabitha takes a trip to the future with her trusted friend Milt, an awkward Science professor. Wonders and curiosities abound.  However, their fun journey soon leads to a challenging maze of danger and difficult decisions.  On an unplanned “detour,” the two set events into action that could save one life and destroy another.  Can these friends of completely different mindsets agree on a course of action?  Detours in Time starts as a fantastic escape and grows to present many moral dilemmas that could either ruin the best friendship or bring two people closer together.

I’m having fun with these graphics.  What do you all think of the blurb?  It is a tweaked version of what I had put on Amazon.  Yes, I’m working on re-writing it.  Book Marketing!

Have a nice weekend!

10 Reasons the 1990’s Were Not so Bad…

In honor of my new sci-fi novel that was just released last week, Detours in Time, I’d like to talk about the 1990s.  My main characters live in 1997, and they travel fifity years to the future.  I loved thinking about all the technology I lived without in the 90s, and used that as I imagined what my characters would run into in 2047.  It was easy to set them in the 90s, as it was so pivotal for me.  I sort of grew up and stepped into my own shoes in that decade (see #7).  So, this post is in honor of the 1990s, and everything that was great about it:

  1.  This song by Chumbawamba!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2H5uWRjFsGc&list=RD2H5uWRjFsGc
  2. Seinfeld was on the air for most of the decade!  seinfeldMr-Bookman Photo: Bing Creative Commons
  3. Jeans were very forgiving on the days we happened to be bloated; they hid our muffin top…On the other hand, they did use a LOT of material, not so great for those of us living in Florida.  jeansbelts-1583217__340
  4. Everything was relaxed, or short, short hair was back in, or long, but if it was long, it was casual.  It was almost a re-birth of 60’s fashion, and that was great.  Of course, Grunge took it and ran, but that’s their perogative.  grungeteenager-755835__340
  5. On the subject of music, we had Karma Police, Creep, …. Again, it felt a lot like a revivial of the sixties, except for Nirvana.  They were unlike most of the others.  Then, we also had the “gourd” bands.  Smashing Pumpkins, Blind Melon, did I miss any?  It didn’t matter.  They were fresh, and unique.  Headbangers still had their fun, too.  See the aforementioned Nirvana, and there were a few others that were still kicking in the 90s, though the headbanger bands are not my expertise.  Then, there was Beck.  That man was, is, a dynamo.  Come to think of it, 90s music rocked!
  6. Most of us did NOT have cell phones.  We called each other or went over to a friend’s house, sometimes unannounced.  When we got together, we looked at each other while conversing.  I kind of miss that…
  7. There was Titanic, there was Val Kilmer looking great in several movies, there was Nicholas Cage in a movie every time you turned around, and the Lion King warmed our hearts.  Movies were a big hobby for me, as I wasn’t going to concerts or getting out much as the 90s moved on, so thank goodness we had cable.  In that decade, I: graduated from college, met a man who I married, bought a house with him, had a son, potty-trained that son of mine, worked full-time, got divorced, continued raising my son.  The 1990s were such an important time, and I was seriously busy.  I’d unwind at night watching the NASA channel with a slushy margarita.  Really!  AustenBabyAndMe.96.16841_1312867349399_3054698_n
  8. If you were in college, you went to the book store to buy your books.  Well, even if you weren’t in college, you went to buy books at the store.  In the library, you used a physical “card” catalog.  By the way, did Amazon even exist back then?
  9. Most of us did NOT have a home computer, and no one had ever heard of tablets.   This was great, because you know, Y2K was just around the corner.  I’ll address that in the sequel to Detours in Time.  🙂
  10. computeripad-820272_1280  We had Bill Clinton for a president.  I don’t know if that was economically bad for us, though some would say it was good, and his brother could play a mean saxophone!  Through it all, SNL was there to poke fun at him.  Well, they do that every decade, for every president in office, and I still appreciate it!

**Photos courtesy of Pixabay.com unless otherwise stated.

Please look for my sci-fi book, Detours in Time, on Amazon for purchase or preview.  It is available in Kindle format, Kindle Unlimited, and paperback.  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0711ZW6XF

Blurb:

On a whim, feisty Tabatha takes a trip to the future with Milt, an awkward science professor. The fun trip turns intense when they make discoveries about their future selves and learn that while their actions may save one life, they could destroy another. Amid the turmoil, the two must decide if their actions have drastically altered the lives of the people they have met.  Can Milt and Tabatha agree on a course of action?

 

 

Re-blogged, See the Book Trailer for my new #scifi novel, Detours in Time

Watch the book trailer for my new sci-fi novel, Detours in Time! Now available in Kindle format, Kindle Unlimited, and paperback at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0711ZW6XF

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My first 5* review for Detours in Time, by early reader (pre-pub)/blogger!

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Detours in time
Pamela Schloesser Canepa

Release date: 16/06/17
Format: Kindle

Personal rating: 5 stars

Available to purchase from:
Amazon.co.uk
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I truly enjoyed this book (REALLY ENJOYED), I was kindly sent this book for review purchases and I have to admit, it’s not the normal book I would reach for but I’m so glad I did.

About the book:

Feisty Tabatha, a struggling artist, and Milt, an awkward science professor, set off on a journey to the future. What was supposed to be fun soon turns into something intense when the make discoveries about their future selves and end up on other “detours”. The two set events into action that may save one life, yet destroy another. Can these friends of completely different mindsets agree on a course of action? Can Tabatha stick to Milt’s rules of time travel? Both Milt and Tabatha struggle to…

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#WeekendCoffeeShare. Ah, Summer! Goals and Plans

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Welcome to my Weekend Coffee Share, hosted by Emily at nerdinthebrain.com.  It goes like this:  If we were having coffee today on the 17th of June, I’d tell you:

*Summer is truly a time to renew and catch up!  I’m promising myself I’ll go to yoga twice a week.  There are so many kinks in my shoulders, and I’ve totally fallen off the exercise wagon.  So far, I am meeting my twice a week goal.  In fact, I wrote about it, in my imagining of “Yoga” as a deep-voiced, patient man who always leaves the door open and keeps me going back.  Find it at   https://pamelascanepa.wordpress.com/2017/06/11/if-yoga-were-a-guy-my-exercise-evolution-contd/  I’ve also been to the beach for a relaxing day that was great until I later discovered the spots I’d neglected when I applied sunscreen.  Forida sun= great potential for pain.

*I have been busy, though.  I have a new sci-fi book release, Detours in Time, that came out on 6/16, Woohoo!  I’ve been trying to do the prep work to get this one seen before it drops.  This means I’ve put it up for pre-order, contacted endless book reviewers and bloggers, and I’ve gotten several who offered to do an interview or spotlight on their blog, with just a few who can review my book at this time.  At any rate, I have a busy schedule of blog appearances for June, and July is getting planned right now; I think there are three.  Maybe I’ll take a little getaway in July?  One more thing I’ve done is contact many in the Goodreads and Library Thing community in the hopes of gathering reviews that way.  If you haven’t yet discovered Library Thing, check it out at librarything.com.  I’m not totally sure if it is only in the U.S., but do check it out.  You can also Google Library Thing for authors to find out how it could help you as an author.  Visibility is my aim right now, because the hope is that this will motivate people to buy my book.

DetoursTimegraphicSuggested VersionGraphic by Kat Mellon, who also did my cover.  I got this graphic printed through Vistaprint as postcards, and I’m leaving them in random places all over town. Visibility! 🙂  New book available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0711ZW6XF

Here is one of my Author Interview Posts on a fellow sci-fi and satire writer’s blog:  https://vrcraftauthor.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/interview-with-author-pamela-s-canepa/

While we’re at it, here is an article I wrote to introduce myself on another writer’s blog, if you’re interested:  https://mylife428.wordpress.com/2017/06/17/self-publishing-with-pamela-schloesser-canepa-pamscanepa1/

*Back to Summer time relaxation.  I have to make time for this, daily.  You see, I am a teacher and summer is a necessary time to rest and rejuvenate.  Things have also been a little tense in my family, so I am somewhat a caretaker or manager lately, too.  So I relax, care for others, seclude myself to write/promote, then relax again, write again, etc.  I have to force myself off of the computer to let my brain relax.  My mom is at home with a broken arm.  We live in the same house, so I am here to help if she needs driving somewhere, and I’m mostly handling the meals.  However, I also have a mostly constant companion this summer, and she is watching a LOT of TV.  So, I introduced her to Bridget Jones via Netflix.  We’ve seen two of the movies so far, and, oh, why not see the third?  I think she is team Darcy, just like I am, and we love the somewhat naughty rom-com genre.  There are lots of laughs, for sure.  I’ve always loved the clumsy, flawed character of Bridget Jones!

Thank you for stopping by my Weekend Coffee Share!  Feel free to share about your week or your summer in the comments.  While you’re at it, think about writing your own Weekend Coffee Share!  Visit Emily’s bog at http://www.nerdinthebrain.com/weekendcoffeeshare-the-one-where-im-in-wilmington/ for her Coffee Share, and leave a link to your coffee share by clicking on the inlinkz button.  Have a great week!

New Release! #scifi novel, Detours in Time

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Today is the day!  Detours in Time, my most recent novel, is now live and available for purchase at Amazon.com for Kindle, Kindle Unlimited, and in paperback!  Please check it out,  purchase the book, read it, or add it to your Goodreads Want to Read or Currently Reading shelf if you decide to purchase or even just want to read it later.  If you read the book, please leave a review, no matter how brief, on Amazon and consider sharing it on social media.  Perhaps you might share this post on your social media?  All of these things help me gain visibility as an indie author and are greatly appreciated!

Goodreads link:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35261459-detours-in-time-1

Amazon link:

Independently Published.

Genre:  Sci-fi, time-travel/adventure   221 pages (e-book), 301 pages (paperback)

Read the book that early readers have called “Captivating!”  Here is a blurb:

On a whim, feisty Tabatha takes a trip to the future with Milt, an awkward science professor. The supposed fun trip turns intense and presents some moral dilemmas when they make discoveries about their future selves and learn that while their actions may save one life, they could destroy another. Amid the turmoil, the two must decide if their actions have drastically altered the lives of the people they have met.  Can Milt and Tabatha agree on a course of action?

Teaser:

“He was twenty years her senior, but from his childlike curiosity and goofy sense of humor, one wouldn’t know it, and they got along very well.  Of course, traveling back in time and meeting his twenty-two-year-old-self did not help matters for Pinky at all. ”

See how a fellow blogger and author supports indie authors at: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2017/06/16/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-author-update-geoff-le-pard-and-pamela-schloesser-canepa/